WHEN COVID HITS MEMORY CARE

Published with kind permission from KevinMD.com. “Have you ever been on a cruise?” Betty asks. It’s a strange question in the age of COVID-19, where thousands of people have been stranded on large ships over the past few months. I’m a wound physician who rounds at nursing homes, and my gloved hand holds her warm, wrinkled foot. I’m looking at a wound on her ankle that is almost healed. “I went on a cruise before, but it was a long time ago.” I try to speak loudly through my N95 mask. Betty goes on. “Well, this is my first cruise, and I just love it,” she says, shaking her gray frizzled curls about her shoulders. I look up at her and smile. I’m in the memory care unit. Since COVID hit, I’ve n

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