As COVID-19 cases spike, Minnesota families remain locked out of senior homes
September 3, 2020
Visala Goswitz felt a surge of relief early this summer when she learned that Minnesota health regulators were allowing senior homes to reopen to family visits after a prolonged and painful lockdown stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
The biochemist had not seen her 80-year-old mother, who lives in an assisted-living home in Eden Prairie, since late March - and the separation left her anxious and uncertain for her mother's health. Was she getting enough to eat? Was she bathing properly? Was the pandemic causing her mental distress?
"There are signs of trouble that you can only see when you lay your eyes on someone," Goswitz said.