Since seniors have been shown to be particularly susceptible to the risks of COVID-19, nursing homes all over the world are taking extra care to keep their elderly residents safe in isolation.
With few activities to keep them occupied, the old Texan residents from The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living have been waiting out the quarantine in boredom.
Luckily, Hollywood A-lister and Texas native Matthew McConaughey offered to help keep them entertained earlier this week.
Although The Enclave residents have been trying to get McConaughey to visit their nursing home for several months now, the actor respected the rules of social distancing by hosting some rousing games of bingo over a video livestream.
With his wife and kids watching in delight, McConaughey called out the numbers to the seniors on the conference call until one of the residents got a bingo. As a prize for winning the game, the senior would get to ask McConaughey a question about himself.
Needless to say, the games were a rousing success.
“Our team members can’t interact with the residents the way we normally do, so we have been doing everything possible to uplift them virtually,” senior home sales director Molly Davis told KEYE News. “This was a wish come true!
“The residents absolutely loved seeing Matthew and his family and enjoyed hearing him talk about what he’s doing to get through this crisis. It gave them hope and was the boost that they needed to get through this lonely, challenging time.”
Other social media users have taken pleasure in the virtual bingo games as well; since The Enclave published videos of the games to Facebook on Sunday, they have been viewed more than 100,000 times.
“During a time when we are all working to make lemonade out of lemons, we are so humbled that Matthew took the time to play our favorite game with us,” wrote the nursing home. “As Matthew would say, let’s turn this red light into a green light!”
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