The gift of music brings joy to North Texas nursing home residents as they await COVID restrictions to be lifted

In the days of coronavirus precautions, a nursing home has been a sometimes lonely place to be. But a classically trained singer has been making the rounds across North Texas to make sure the isolated residents are properly entertained, even if the concerts have to happen outside.

“I really enjoy seeing the people that used to come. And I do miss them,” admitted AnaBeth Field, 86, a resident atĀ Twin Rivers Assisted LivingĀ in Plano.

Fellow resident Flora Bowden, who will tell you without hesitation that she is currently 93 and 1/2, admitted the days have become somewhat lonely for her too. 

Like most assisted living communities, Twin Rivers enacted strict protocols for outside visitors. And to date the facility of approximately 83 residents remains COVID-free.

But in an attempt to solve the moments of loneliness and isolation, staff occasionally carry chairs to the covered front porch. Chairs and wheelchairs properly socially distanced become an impromptu theatre. And under a portable awning serving as a stage, Ruby Weston works her magic.