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Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game thanks to new technology

Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game thanks to new technology

Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game.
Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game. Courtesy of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

By James Stratton

We’ve all had that feeling of wanting to get out of the house. Sometimes it’s getting something we need like groceries.

Other times it’s meeting friends or family. Still other times we can just take a stroll around the neighborhood for from fresh air.

But there are some that cannot enjoy these simple pleasures. Like some residents of the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. That is until now.

Because of cutting edge technology the center recently implemented four residents, whom also are baseball fans, attended a New York Mets game.

Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game.  McDermott family and Mr Met.
Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game. McDermott family and Mr Met. Courtesy of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

The tech, named “VOSCN” is a portable ventilator that allows people whom previously couldn’t think of leaving their medical stations some mobility.

“It took a village,” said Joanne Parsi, Vice President at Gurwin.

“From every member of the Gurwin staff, to the families that entrusted us with the safety of their loved ones, to the Mets who helped us transform Suite 231 into a mini ‘intensive care unit’ so that our residents could enjoy a night at the ballpark…”

Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game thanks to new technology.
Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game thanks to new technology. Gus and family holding hands. Courtesy of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

The residents and their families were thrilled as well. Such as Gus, who was life long athlete with a recent ALS diagnosis.

Gus was overjoyed to be cheering on the Mets live and in person, when even seeing his grandson play seemed like a faint dream mere weeks ago. 65-year-old Janie, who was paralyzed with a stroke was also in attendance.

Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game. Chris with Janies family. Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game. Chris with Janies family.
Nursing home patients who haven’t left the facility in 3 years, attend baseball game. Chris with Janies family. Courtesy of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

“She really needed this night at the stadium. She needs something to look forward to,” her daughter said.

Joanne was thrilled with the handiwork of her village.

“At one point, I took a step back to take it all in…” She said. “And some of our residents who hadn’t left Gurwin for more than three years, cheering on the Mets, (and) enjoying the sights and sounds of Citifield….there wasn’t a dry eye in the suite…”

This wonderful story is a reminder to enjoy the simple things in life. Enjoy running those errands. Take an extra deep breath of that fresh air as you go for your leisurely stroll.

Spare a thought for those that can’t things so easily and be grateful that you can. It’s simple, every day magic.

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