In Assisted Living During Pandemic, Friendship Endures for Mac Neely

May 19, 2020

99-year-old Mac Neely lives at Valley Inn in Mancos. A large circle of friends stops by regularly to visit her. But they have to communicate through Neely’s window.

Every week, Montezuma County resident Rena Wilson drops by the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. She's there to visit her longtime friend, Mac Neely, who is 99 years old. During the coronavirus pandemic, their visits are separated by a window. Their relationship endures, even during tough times. So far, there have been no COVID-19 cases at Valley Inn, unlike at other assisted living facilities. KSUT Reporter Mark Duggan spoke with Rena Wilson about how she and Mac Neely stay close - even through a pane of glass.  


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