When residents started being tested for COVID-19 at Good Samaritan Society – Hastings Village, Sarah Holsten, a certified nursing assistant (CNA), was ready and willing to help care for those who had positive test results.
“I wanted to make sure someone was there for them,” says Sarah.
Oliver Wang, a registered nurse who works the night shift at Hastings Village, also took care of residents in the COVID-19 unit. Because this is a time of historical significance, he felt called to serve.
“This is a very special time, happening once in a hundred years, so I felt it’s an honor to take care of people with this condition,” he says. “I wanted to go through this with them.”
When Sarah helped in the unit, she worked double shifts and one time stayed for several days in a row without going home.
“It gave me a different perspective on residents living in a nursing home because I was there with them 24/7,” she says.
Sarah worked in the unit for a month and had lots of conversations with residents. She wanted to make sure to keep them company.
“I’d go into the room and sit in the doorway and have a conversation because their only visitor was me,” she says. “I was constantly checking on them.”
During his time in the unit, Oliver says the residents were asymptomatic. But, he feels like the isolation from friends and family put a strain on them and many felt depressed.
Fortunately, staff members were working diligently to provide exceptional care.
“Residents cannot survive without help from our nursing assistants. We can’t thank them enough,” says Oliver. “It’s hard work.”
Through the conversations Sarah had with residents, she got unique insight into how they were feeling.
She says it was exhausting wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), but because she enjoys running in her free time, she had the stamina for it.