“(When is my family visiting me?)”
At the height of the pandemic, Romnick Ramos, a 32-year-old geriatric nurse, would get persistent questions from his patients concerning their families.
Ramos works in La Verna Aged Care and Dementia Village in Marikina City, where he has been staying since July due to the lockdown. They also faced the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses, which thankfully did not cause any damage to the facility nor any harm to the elderly he nurses.
Older people above 60 years old, along with persons with preexisting medical conditions, are at higher risk of getting severe COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization.
The residential facility, thus, had to strictly prohibit visitations when COVID-19 struck to protect its vulnerable residents from being infected and to avoid a possible outbreak within.
Ramos said there are about 47 residents in the dementia village. Majority are long-term residents and are in various stages of dementia.