Vaccinated Omaha senior caregivers are finally enjoying community activities again

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – There is a moment in the year: The first outings for people in nursing homes and retirement homes since the pandemic have changed their daily lives.

The COVID-19 vaccine is helping Omaha metro seniors return to active lifestyles.

Right in front of the Connect 55+ doors, an elderly community in Elkhorn is sitting on an afternoon of much-needed fun.

“When the pandemic broke out, everything was shut down. You know we are a very active community here. But everything came to a standstill. It’s slowly started again, ”said Jackie McAlpin.

On Thursday, McAlpin and other residents had the opportunity to have their nails done here.

“We solve the world’s problems when we sit here and talk,” said McAlpin.

It is this personal interaction that means so much to a group that has been isolated for so long – something business owner Sabrina Mahupete really noticed over the last month. Her mobile nail salon visited numerous senior facilities after the residents were fully vaccinated.

“In all honesty, I didn’t know how important this was going to be to me until I started doing it and seeing the gratitude and seeing how happy they are that they can do what they once could, just regularly, without thinking about it.” said Sabrina Mahupete, owner of Jadomte’s mobile nail salon.

It’s not just here where seniors get a chance to get out. Residents can go shopping at Heritage Pointe Senior Living.

“We have seen a huge improvement in attitudes. We saw that people were positive again and looking forward to life again, ”said Melissa Larson, Executive Director of Heritage Pointe.

Spending a few hours of time in what used to be an easy day gives hope that we will all soon be able to spend more time together.

“Just keep the faith. God smiles at us. “

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