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Nursing facilities prepare for the return of family visiting

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ROCKFORD (WREX) —It's been practically a year since nursing home residents like Pat Grant have seen their family in person.

The pandemic forced her facility, Grand Regency of Rockford Supportive Living, to restrict all visitors from visiting.

"It's just been hard not seeing the family and missing holidays and not going on a picnic with them," said Grant.

But after months of virtual visits and phone calls, things might change for people like Grant.

"My family coming back in the next couple of weeks and being able to come back into the building and give them big hugs and kisses because it's been so hard," said Grant.

Grand Regency Director Greg Taylor says the combination of Region 1 moving into phase 4, how safe the facility has been and the decrease in cases both in the city and the facility, has allowed it to loosen visiting restrictions as early as February 2nd.

"We will be able to let indoor visitation with social distancing. they will actually be able to visit in their apartments, instead of a supervised visit like we did in the past," said Taylor.

Generations at Neighbors in Byron says while it's preparing a plan for the return of visitors, people most likely won't be able to visit their families anytime soon.

"For our particular nursing home here are generations at neighbors, we believe that we won't be letting visitors taking a look at our individuals until the beginning of March," said administrator Monica Tlymale.

Families are encouraged to call the facility their loved one is staying to learn more about visiting restrictions.

Facilities will continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines set by national, state, and local health officials.

They will also decide based on internal review whether to allow visiting again at their facility.

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Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is the 13 News weekend evening anchor. She started in April of 2019 after moving from Michigan, where she was a morning producer/traffic reporter.

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