Nursing home staff spends night with residents due to winter storm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s one big sleepover at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington as 25 staff members decided to stay Wednesday night ahead of the possible big winter storm.

Staff brought their own blow up mattresses, cots, pillows and blankets…ready to spend the night. They are doing so, so they don’t have to worry about making it to work in the morning.

Staff will be set up in different areas to sleep while safely spaced out, like offices, break rooms, bathrooms etc.

CEO Karen Venis says it was not a surprise that her staff wanted to stay and help as they are dedicated and love what they do.

She says their night will consist of games, snacks and movies with the residents.

“We’re somewhat still limited with what we can do inside the facility because of COVID, so we’re making sure we still take those precautions. But I think the residents and particularly their families are more at ease knowing we got more boots on the ground here to help for whatever the next couple of days bring us” said Venis.

Venis says the retirement community has multiple generators in case they lose power.

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