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Caretakers stay strong through COVID-19 pandemic

Caretakers do the best they can to stay positive for residents at Sierra Manor.
Caretakers do the best they can to stay positive for residents at Sierra Manor.
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Caregivers at Sierra Manor, run by Volunteers of America (VOA), have been staying strong throughout the last few months, but they say it hasn’t been the easiest task.

The building is an affordable housing location for low-income seniors. There are currently only eight caretakers who provide service to nearly 200 residents.

Heather Bolen, Community Administrator with the VOA says there are definitely days where they struggle.

You think that you’re doing great day today and then you have one where you come in and it’s difficult. You’re juggling family, you’re juggling residents care, you’re juggling the responsibilities that we do here.

Some seniors have gone off-site to visit family but many tell their loved ones to stay home because of health concerns.

The holidays will look a little different for them; they normally get a meal served but this year it will be delivered to residents -- in an effort to practice social distancing.

Caregivers have gotten creative by engaging the seniors in fun activities on a weekly basis.

Shirley Coe, a resident at the Sierra Manor tells News 4-Fox 11 she’s been hanging in there.

I’m fine, I’m fantastic, that’s what I tell everybody. I really am. When you look at other people and how troubled they are, I’m very blessed.

As of now, visits are currently limited to ensure the safety of the workers and residents.

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For more information on how you can help, visit the Volunteers of America donation website.

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