Residents at Hanover nursing home look ahead to brighter 2021

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 2:14 PM EST
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HANOVER, N.H. (WCAX) - Despite a dark year for many long-term care facilities, residents and staff at a Hanover nursing home hit hard by COVID-19 say 2021 brings a renewed sense of hope.

Seven residents at Hanover Terrace succumbed to COVID-19 over the past several months. Carolinia Gordon was also infected with the virus but is now on the mend.

Reporter Adam Sullivan: How are you feeling?

Carolinia Gordon: I feel great.

It was not long after the first case of COVID-19 at the Hanover Terrace when Carolinia Gordon became infected. “I was fine one day but the next thing I knew I was flat in bed,” she said.

The 86-year-old says she doesn’t remember the week in early December her body struggled to fend off the illness. According to family, her temperature spiked, she wasn’t eating, and required oxygen to breathe. At that time, we were getting updates from her son, Charles. “She definitely didn’t sound good this morning but all we can do is pray that she comes through it,” he said earlier last month.

It appears those prayers were answered. Gordon and 59 other residents at the facility have recovered from the virus. “You don’t realize what you are going through until after you have gone through it all,” she said.

There is currently just one active case at the facility and restrictions for residents have loosened a bit. “They put us back in our old room, which we are happy to be back,” Gordon said.

Carolinia Gordon, a resident at Hanover Terrace, got the virus last month but says she's...
Carolinia Gordon, a resident at Hanover Terrace, got the virus last month but says she's feeling much better.(WCAX)

“They can come out of their rooms, use our living room area. Just get out, move around. They can go to the rehab gym,” said the facility’s Martha Ilsley.

A total of 69 residents and 39 staff members contracted the coronavirus. Just four remained COVID-free. “Now with the vaccine on board, I’m just very hopeful. I’m hopeful for everybody that we can start to open up and get a little bit back to normal,” Ilsley said.

Life for Gordon is already getting back to normal as she and her fellow residents ring in the new year.

Reporter Adam Sullivan: Do you feel hopeful or grateful that 2021 will be better than 2020?

Carolinia Gordon: I don’t see how it can be any worse.

Forty residents and staff at Hanover Terrace have received the first round of vaccinations. Officials say the shots, along with the antibody resistance among those who have already gotten sick, put the facility in a good position moving forward.

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