Covid-19 Vaccines Mean an End to Isolation at a Retirement Home

Covid-19 Vaccines Mean an End to Isolation at a Retirement Home

Residents mingle with each other for the first time in months and look forward to seeing family from whom they have long been cut off

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif.—Minutes after getting his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, Stanton Goldstein had one hope in mind: visiting his dementia-addled wife who has been isolated for months in the same retirement community.

“They better come up with a good reason I can’t see her now,” the 78-year-old retired physician said outside a community meeting room of The Sequoias Portola Valley, where dozens of residents were inoculated earlier this month to the sounds of big-band music.

Directors of the 315-person facility say it likely will be weeks before in-person visits between residents in different levels of care can resume because of the area’s high rate of Covid-19 infections. Six of the facility’s residents and 34 staff members have been infected, with one hospitalization and no deaths.

With long-term care homes now at the front of the line for coronavirus vaccines, an end to the often-debilitating isolation for millions of seniors is in sight, industry executives say.