Loved ones parade in costume to spread cheer for long-term care residents

Even with a chill in the air, Gail DeLong, of Mineola, said her 92-year-old mother was excited to see caring people, including some in costume, parade around while keeping “six pumpkins” distance Thursday evening.

Petal Hill and Rose Trail Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Tyler hosted a joint, socially distanced Halloween walking parade in the parking lot to raise residents’ spirits after being isolated for months due to COVID-19.

DeLong said it was wonderful to see her mother, Helen Howell, and the other residents come out of the facility and interact with other people from a distance.