Special moments one year in the making: SC senior facilities resume in-person visits

TEGA CAY, SOUTH CAROLINA — It’s been months since Kevin Toevs has been able to hug his mother, Jeanne.

She’s a resident at Wellmore Senior Living Community in Tega Cay where COVID-19 restrictions prevented in-person visits with family and friends.

Last week, the state of South Carolina received federal approval to update those visitation guidelines for senior living communities and Wellmore is welcoming visitors back to its grounds.

According to the facility’s executive director David Dunn, 97% of Wellmore’s residents have had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and most of the staff have been vaccinated as well.

Before the pandemic, Kevin visited his mom every day.

“You plan your day around it,” Kevin said. “All of a sudden, when you can’t do it, it’s tough.”

Now, Kevin can visit with Jeanne in her room although there are still a few restrictions in place – visits are limited to about 20 minutes and masks are still required.

The face masks may have covered their smiles, but one could feel the happiness when Kevin and Jeanne reunited for their first visit.

“Hey! It’s good to see you!” Kevin told his mom as they embraced.

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