For the last month or so, residents of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging have been enjoying visits with friends and family outside in one of the courtyards, 6 feet apart, and masked, per COVID-19 safety precautions.
“We even have a hugging booth, so residents can hug their visitors safely,” says Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator. “I was quite skeptical about hugging through plastic, but it turns out to feel pretty good.”
Handmaker’s hugging booth was featured on KVOA News4Tucson last week:
Visits from puppies that Handmaker volunteer Donna Vining is fostering also bring joy to Handmaker residents. Vining cannot enter the facility while COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect, says Levy, but she is able to lend the puppies to Handmaker.