Long-term care facilities in California build booths to reunite families during pandemic

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FAIRFIELD, Calif. — California resident Heather Orr still clings to the memory of the last time she touched her 80-year-old grandma, Diane Waters, in early March.

That month, the threat of COVID-19 abruptly halted her family’s weekly visits to Waters’ assisted living facility, Rockville Terrace Senior Living, in Northern California.

“I had been cherishing that last hug we had — not realizing what the next week would bring for us, for her, for the world,” said Orr, 29, who lives in Fairfield, California.

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