Colorado Seniors Protest Lockdown at Nursing Home: “Rather Die from Covid Than Loneliness”

Health Politics U.S.

Seniors at a Colorado nursing home and rehab facility protested last week saying they no longer want to be restricted from visiting with loved ones.

Residents of the Fairacres Manor in Greeley, Colorado, stood or sat in wheelchairs outside of the facility holding signs that read, “Prisoners in our own home,” “Give us freedom,” and “Rather die from COVID than loneliness.”

Administrators at Fairacres say the residents no longer want to endure restrictions that prohibit hugs and other physical contact because of Covid19.

“One thing we have to look forward to is a simple hug,” said Sharon Peterson, a 75-year-old Fairacres resident. “It gives us meaning. Fairacres needs to be commended on how well they have cared for all of us, but it’s time for our voices to be heard.”

Staff and residents of Fairacres sent letters to Democrat Governor Jared Polis’ office in August requesting restrictions on physical contact be lifted. Polis did not responded.

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