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This Daughter Took Job as Part-time Nurse to Spend Time with Elderly Father at US Hospital

Representative Image.(Henning Kaiser/dpa Via AP)

Representative Image.(Henning Kaiser/dpa Via AP)

The daughter revealed that the new nurse job, although difficult, but its worth it as she gets to spend some extra time with her 87-year-old dad in Minnesota.

The novel coronavirus has impacted the world in many ways. Many people have lost their jobs, some have suffered huge losses in their business, for some, it has been absolutely traumatic after they lost their loved ones to the virus. Apart from these things, the deadly virus has also changed the lives of people at large. Due to the ongoing restrictions because of COVID-19, visitors are not being allowed to meet their loved ones admitted in hospitals and nursing homes. In a heartwarming incident, a daughter, who was unable to visit her father because of the nursing home rules, decided to take a part-time job there.

According to a report in CNN, 58 years old Lisa Racine, who by profession is a project manager for a printing company, took the job at the Good Samaritan Society — Stillwater facility in Minnesota. The loving daughter spends two or three nights a week in the nursing home. Her duties include stocking the cupboards and refrigerators, washing dishes, mopping floors, serving food and cleaning up after people have eaten. She has been doing this job since December 1.

Lisa, who is not used to doing any of these duties, initially had some teething troubles with her new job. However, she revealed that everything is worth it as she gets to spend some extra time with her 87-year-old dad Harold. The reason behind her doing this is because her father is not very well versed with technology and was finding it difficult to be in touch with his loved ones. Before she took the part-time opportunity, she could only see her ill father through a window.

Ever since she has been working with the nursing home, she is able to see her dad in his room. To squeeze in the maximum time, she tries to reach them early and also makes it a point to visit him after the day’s work is over. She says the duration of her room visit depends on the way her father is feeling. She told CNN, “I go in his room and I visit him and it could be anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, hour-and-a-half, depending on how he’s feeling.”

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Revealing how she got the idea of taking up this job, the 58-year-old woman said, “Since the temperature began to dip, the window visits were not an option. As a result, she approached her cousin who works in the administration department of the nursing home to ask if there were any vacancies. After coming to know of a vacancy, she happily joined and is now able to regularly meet her father. She also added once things get better, she will be taking her dad for a dinner and for family get-togethers.

first published:March 08, 2021, 15:08 IST