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Caretakers sing to seniors to lift spirits during coronavirous quarantines

One of the Superior Residences seniors watches performers from afar in the facility's courtyard. (WJHG/WECP)
One of the Superior Residences seniors watches performers from afar in the facility's courtyard. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Apr. 7, 2020 at 6:25 PM CDT
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Covid-19 has put much of life on hold at many senior living communities, but Tuesday morning seniors of Superior Residences in Panama City Beach got a taste of the outside world, even if from behind a glass barrier.

Resident Mary Ricevuto said, “We look for something to do because we’re all confined in such a small area.”

That’s why some Covenant Care Hospice workers decided to bring the outside world to them.

“It’s depressing for everybody, so anything that we can do to brighten their day, get them out and about as much as we can right now- it helps keep them motivated and going,” said Rob Seaman, activity director of Superior Residences of Panama City Beach.

Seaman said it’s easy for seniors to fall into a depression in this new reality.

Ricevuto said, “We like the freedom we used to have.”

So caretakers will do whatever- or sing whatever- they can to make a difference.

Seaman said, “I like to see smiles on their faces every day. If I have to dance and do a wiggle, I’ll dance and do a wiggle. If I have to tell jokes, I’ll tell jokes. If I have to show them funny clips on YouTube, I’ll do that.”

He said he's looking forward to the party he plans to throw for residents once this pandemic is over.

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