Bristol nursing home starts holiday pen pal program to spread cheer to residents   BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — A nursing home in Bristol is making the holidays extra special for residents. The team at Countryside Manor of Bristol started a Christmas Pen Pals program, hoping to spread some cheer this year. “We went around to the residents and explained to them the idea and asked them if… Continue Reading Continue reading

December 14, 2020 Athena News

Christmas Pen Pals: Bristol Nursing Home Accepting Letters For Residents

Christmas Pen Pals: Bristol Nursing Home Accepting Letters For Residents Will you be my Christmas pen pal? It’s a small request that’s had a big response. “You can tell that when the residents open up one of the letters, they get so happy. You can see that they’re reminded that people out there still care… Continue Reading Continue reading

December 14, 2020 Athena News

Nursing Homes Expected to Receive 22,000 Vaccines in Initial Phase

Every week at Wadsworth Glen nursing home in Middletown, administrator Joseph Bray anxiously awaits for his residents’ COVID-19 point prevalence test results. “Sometimes it’s a little bit scary because if you don’t know what to expect,” Bray said. While his home has not seen a significant number of cases or deaths, he still recalls the… Continue Reading Continue reading

December 4, 2020 Athena News

Families find ways to remember those lost to pandemic, celebrate those still with us this Thanksgiving

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — So many of us struggling, too many with empty place settings at the table this holiday. But News 8’s viewers are finding ways to celebrate safely, to remember those lost and to celebrate those still with us. At Athena Healthcare’s Valerie Manor nursing home in Torrington, families greet their loved ones… Continue Reading Continue reading

December 3, 2020 Athena News

News 8 Exclusive: Torrington to reopen COVID only recovery center for nursing home patients

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — As the state falls deeper in the second COVID-19 wave, officials are scrambling to protect residents and staff inside nursing homes. News 8 was given an exclusive tour of Torrington Specialty Care and Rehabilitation, which just got word over the weekend that it should prepare to reopen as a COVID-ONLY recovery… Continue Reading Continue reading

December 2, 2020 Athena News

Recovering while in recovery: Plymouth Rehab offers hope for patients with underlying substance issues

Paralyzed from the chest down by drug use, Alicia Barboza faced a difficult prognosis as doctors prepared her for spinal surgery in the summer of 2018. If the operation was a success, Barboza might regain her ability to walk in about a year. Little did she know that finding a place to rehabilitate would be… Continue Reading Continue reading

December 1, 2020 Athena News

Separated from loved ones for months, nursing home residents face even lonelier holidays during the coronavirus pandemic

(CNN) – Elderly people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country haven’t been able to hug a loved one in many months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, many are facing their first Thanksgiving and possibly Christmas without them. &nbs… Continue reading

November 30, 2020 Athena News

COVID-only recovery center in Meriden reopening for patients, bracing for second wave

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge across the state, frontline workers in Meriden are gearing up for battle yet again. The state has asked Athena Health Care to reopen its COVID-only recovery center there, as officials try to prevent a repeat of the spring when the virus ran rampant through nursing… Continue Reading Continue reading

November 16, 2020 Athena News

Athena Tapped to Re-open COVID Recovery Center in Meriden

State re-opening COVID recovery center in Meriden as cases surge When COVID only recovery centers opened in the Spring, the state was worried the hospitals would be overrun. MERIDEN, Conn. — Trying to avoid more nursing home outbreaks, the state is reopening one of their COVID recovery centers. At the same time, the operator of… Continue Reading Continue reading

November 10, 2020 Athena News