Volunteers and nurses spread joy by painting windows at local nursing home

Published 6:00 pm Thursday, April 30, 2020

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When Dana Martin with Georgia Homecare learned that residents at one of the nursing homes they oversee were depressed, she was quick on her feet to react.

Volunteers and nurses wielding window paint markers spread out across the property Thursday at LaGrange Nursing and Rehab to paint messages and images on residents’ windows.

“We do home health care here in Troup County and partnered with Corley DME Medical Equipment,” said homecare account executive Dana Martin. “The residents here are very depressed. They are unable to see their families at this time and are at minimal communication with the outside.”

Volunteers and nurses wielding window paint markers spread out across the property Thursday afternoon to paint messages and images on resident’s windows.

“Some of them have requested specific images, and we are going to paint to try and spread some cheer,” Martin said. “We also got some goodies for them that nurses are going to pass out inside. We are just trying to brighten their day.”

Six-year-old Trinity Dalrymple was excited to help spread some joy by painting on the resident’s windows.

“I am drawing a rainbow, but then it curves and goes down and turns into a pool,” Dalrymple said. “I just had the idea in my head. We came to draw on the windows to let everybody know how much we love them.”

LaGrange Nursing and Rehab had 139 beds and residents. Nursing home residents are having to be isolated and cannot do group activities to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

“We are trying to get every window today, even if we have to come back tomorrow,” Martin said. “We have a good amount of volunteers, so I am hoping we can get them all.”

Martin said she was excited to see the amount of volunteers come out to help.

“I think it really shows that the community and its people care,” Martin said. “I think that during this time the world has seen there are still a lot of good people in the world.”