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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
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Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Albany -- A flu outbreak is a nursing home or assisted living center's worst fear. That's why they are so tightly regulated, to assure families that their loved ones will be properly cared for, and protected.
"Hey there, you want to come sit with us?" Health infections like the flu are serious problems that every nursing home and assisted living center has to fight.
Morningside Assisted Living in Albany keep a close eye, to isolate the sickness. Executive Director Marlene Godwin said "If it's a cold, or the flu, or a virus, we offer one on one room service to that person. "
The 64 residents at Morningside are monitored for health problems. They know a virus can rampantly move through a group of 80 and 90 year olds.
The biggest worry is workers or visitors bringing a virus in. "Godwin said "We also encourage the staff, very strongly, to take a flu vaccine."
Nursing homes and assisted living centers try to instill the simple measures that can keep germs and virus under control. Program Director Joan-Marie Barcus said "Like cover your mouth when you sneeze or you cough, and again washing those hands again after you do that, that is very important."
The centers try to keep the residents busy and socially active, to aid their health. Barcus said "intellectually, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. And all of that helps a person to be a better person physically."
But that togetherness can also be dangerous if an illness invades a nursing home environment. That's why workers train to spot something like the flu at it's earliest, before it turns deadly.
Marlene Godwin says Morningside continually educates their staff and residents on better health care, to protect themselves.