LIVINGSTON, Ohio — The nursing home in LIVINGSSTON, New York, where a woman died of COVID-19 is looking for volunteers to help with the coronavirus response.
It is a volunteer effort.
The Nursing Home at New York Memorial State Hospital in Livingsston is offering its own health services, including a 24-hour helpline.
Nursing homes across the country have been asked to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distribute free, pre-filled bags of clean syringes and other supplies.
But in LIVESSTON, the nursing home has a special request: They need volunteers to collect supplies from the kitchen.
“I’m just going to say that we have the most people working on this job,” said nursing home spokeswoman Liz Kostalek.
“People that are really committed, who are really ready to take the next step, to come out here and do the work that we do.”
Kostalak said about 40 volunteers are needed to gather supplies.
She said it is a full-time job, and there is no set time limit.
The nursing home is also asking people to wear masks and stay at home while they are working.
The nurses say it is important that people understand what they are doing.
“We want to ensure that we’re not causing the spread of infection,” Kostar said.
It all started with a phone call from the nursing homes in Livington and Long Island, New Jersey, who asked for volunteers.
Now, they are offering a free 24-hr helplike service in the city.
“They’re saying, ‘we are really struggling with COVID.
We have a lot of families, many of whom have gone into nursing homes,'” Kostatek said.
She said it was an emotional moment for the staff and patients.
“There’s no better feeling than to be in a nursing house, and we can actually see a family that has been through this and to know that we’ve had a person that’s taken the time and made the sacrifice to come here and help.”