Ouachita Parish nursing homes to remain open despite COVID expenses

Before opening the door to see a nursing home resident at Ridgecrest Community Care Center in West Monroe, nurses don a mask, gloves and gown. If there are any face shields available, they put them on, too.

After checking on the resident, they remove each item one by one and toss it into a medical waste bin. Then they would head to the next room and go through the same process. Mask, gloves, gown, repeat.

According to Lisa Gardner, vice president of provider relations and marketing for CommCare Management Corporation, the nonprofit in charge of Ridgecrest, all that added up.

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“It’s not just like somebody had one pair of gloves or one one mask,” said Gardner. “It was constantly changing.”