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Cedar Valley family creatively overcomes coronavirus restrictions

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- As the COVID-19 outbreak continues in the US, many long term care facilities have shut their doors to any visitors, family or otherwise.

For Iowans like Herb Kane, dementia limits his ability to remember the virus.

“Just reiterating every time we come out, we can't come in because of this virus, and you're unable to come out," said Kane's daughter, Candy Nardini, who hasn't let the restriction hinder her from seeing her father. "But we're still going to come out every night like we have and we're just going to talk through the window.”

Using things like photos, sidewalk chalk, and a little whiteboard Candy and her husband, Jay, have family time with Kane every night. It's a tradition they've kept going for 7 years.

“When he went into the care facility, my husband and I sat down and we said this is going to be a priority for us. We're going to take care of him. We're not going to abandon him," Nardini said.

Nardini hopes her story will inspire others to keep in touch with their loved ones in this time of turmoil. She says it can be so valuable to those in a facility to see contact from someone on the outside. Many facilities across the country have found creative ways to keep residents in high spirits. Nardini even offered the idea that if the kids, who may be stuck at home with nothing to do, send letters or pictures to those in a home as a way to spread a little love and hope.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the US, Nardini says that even if things get to the point where Iowa is under a stay at home order, she'll still connect with her dad.

“Some way each day communicate some way that. You're going to be okay we're going to get through this won't be much longer," Nardini said.

Northcrest says they'll work with the families who want to be in touch with their loved one through video chat or a phone call.

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Taylor Vessel

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