CONNEAUT — An emotional Susan Wilber was so happy to see her mother Evelyn Mosgrove; even if it was through a window and six feet away outside the Villa on the Lake.
“I’ve been dying to see her,” Wilber said on Monday afternoon as she arrived with her brothers David and Kevin Mosgrove.
The trio gathered behind an orange snow fence to see their mother.
Evelyn Mosgrove is 88 and lives in the assisted-living facility that has been closed to the public for almost two months.
Relatives came to windows around the building in an attempt to brighten the spirits of loved onew inside and to bring a sense of peace to themselves.
“It’s been a long time,” Wilber said.
She said they talk regularly on the phone but it is different to interact in person.
“It’s different on the phone. I want to climb through the window,” Wilber said.
“This is the first day we are allowed to see here,” David Musgrove said.
Evelyn Mosgrove asked how the kids are doing while helped inside by nurse’s aides.
Denise Kidner of Ashtabula also came to the facility to see here mother Betty Druktenis.
“It’s great. I’ve been missing her so much,” Kidner said from outside the six-foot distance.
Villa on the Lake Executive Director Deanna Fleischmann said she wanted to create an opportunity that would help families see their loved ones for the first time in a long while. She said the facility has followed rules created by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and his staff.
“We are trying to save lives,” she said.
“We’ve been doing Skype, Zoom, and Facetime, [but] for some people it has been difficult,” Fleischmann said.
She said some of the residents have difficulty hearing on the computer. She said she has provided families specific afternoon times on weekdays to interact with their loved ones in hopes of making sure thee aren’t too many outside on the property at one time.
Fleischmann said the families have been supportive during the pandemic.