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The last 9 months have been overwhelming as our world has been in the midst of the pandemic.  As we have all been social distancing and doing what we can to help others stay safe, many are out on the frontlines and face-to-face with those who are battling the virus, including Sylvia Clark.  Sylvia is an RN at Mayo Clinic and has been working in the medical intensive care unit, which is the primary focus area for the critically ill COVID population currently.

I had an opportunity to speak with Syliva to learn more about what these past 9 months have been like for those in the healthcare industry.  We dove right into the conversation and Sylvia offered some great insight into what she and her co-workers on the frontlines have been experiencing and seeing, including how lonely the patients are while they are hospitalized.  We chat about the vaccine and ways the community can rally around others who are isolated and feeling alone.

If you missed the live conversation on Instagram, you can see it below:

As Sylvia mentioned in the video, one population that is experiencing loneliness that we could all help is individuals who are in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or who are in group homes.  See the list below of some facilities in our area that you can send letters or have kids make pictures for:

  • River Bend Senior Living, 30 Silver Lake Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • Meadow Lakes Senior Living, 22 45th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • Charter House, 211 SECOND STREET NORTHWEST, Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • Madonna Meadows of Rochester, 3035 SALEM MEADOWS DRIVE SW, Rochester, MN 55902, (855) 785-0170
  • Cottagewood Senior Communities, 4220 55th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • Samaritan Bethany, 24 - 8TH STREET NORTHWEST, Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • Shorewood Commons Assisted Living, 2115 2nd Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902, (855) 785-0170
  • Madonna Towers of Rochester, 4001 19TH AVENUE NORTHWEST, Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • The Homestead at Rochester, 1900 Ballington Boulevard NW, Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • Arbor Terrace Senior Living, 700 NORTHWEST SECOND AVENUE, Rochester, MN 55901, (855) 785-0170
  • Golden Living Center - Rochester East, 501 8th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904, 1-855-243-3078
  • Golden Living Center - Rochester West, 2215 Highway 52 North, Rochester, MN 55901, 1-855-241-4685
  • Maple Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation, 1875 19th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901, 1-855-229-7494
  • Shalom Estates, 2070 Century Hills Drive NE, Rochester, MN 55906, 1-855-222-1541
  • Sunrise Cottages of Rochester, 4220 55th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901, 1-855-240-2530
  • Hiawatha Homes, 1820 Valkyrie Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-7222

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