Skilled nursing facility in Redding throws social distancing parade

Communities are coming together, putting on parades for schools and people celebrating their birthday and now for senior citizens.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 7:17 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 7:20 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Communities are coming together, putting on parades for schools and people celebrating their birthday and now for senior citizens

Senior citizens at Quartz Hill Post Acute have been inside for 45 days.

“Being stuck inside for all of us, changes up the routine,” said Carrie Nunn, the activities assistant at Quartz Hill Post Acute.

“These guys are used to going on their outing.”

But to lift their spirits up, a small fleet from the Redding Fire Department drove by the facility and gave the staff and elderly their own personal parade. The message "Quartz Hill Post Acute Strong" hung off one of the fire engines.

“We're hoping that this will help get them through until social distancing is lifted,” said Nunn, “and we can get them out into the community again.”

With all the unknown that coronavirus pandemic brings, the staff at Quartz Hill Post Acute hopes that this parade shined a little bit of light in uncertain situations.

“We thought this would be a great opportunity to get them outside and kind of see that things are pretty normal,” said Nunn. “It gives them something to look forward to instead of just sitting in their rooms.”

Quartz Hill Post Acute also has a community reach program, where people can send cards or letters to the elderly three times a week. The facility says it got this idea after they saw another nursing facility out on the east coast throw a parade for their clients

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