Coast nursing home’s pen pal program brings joy to seniors cooped up by COVID pandemic

It’s been almost five months since a visitor was allowed to sit with residents at Sunplex Subacute Center in Ocean Springs.

The coronavirus has kept the long-term tenants in their rooms since March, with outside contact limited to seeing family and friends through windows or talking by phone.

The center began posting photos of residents on their Facebook page posing with a whiteboard that included their names, interests, hobbies and favorite snacks.