Social distancing practices have been enacted across the state to keep citizens safe and stop community spread in the battle against COVID-19, but the isolation is having a negative impact on a group that has to be particularly careful during this pandemic: the elderly.

Many elderly residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and independent living centers can no longer be visited by loved ones, and they are isolated from other residents as well.

While they can’t receive visitors, what they can receive is phone calls.

Groups of healthcare workers have taken to giving their patients a call to bring some happiness to each person’s day, even if it’s just for a few minutes, representatives for Miracle Home Health told the media outlet.

“A lot of the people’s, you know, mental health is going down — more depressed, more anxious,” said Katie Parins who works at the company. “ You can just hear them smile on the phone call.”

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