1 year later: Nursing home resident celebrates birthday with hugs

1 year later: Nursing home resident celebrates birthday with hugs

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - One year ago, the pandemic was just beginning, and visitor restrictions were in place at most long term care facilities.

We introduced you to Elmer Roettger, a resident at Bethel Manor in Evansville.

He celebrated his 100th birthday inside, while his family had to stay outside.

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Making it a year through a global pandemic is reason enough to celebrate, but Roettger and his family have another reason to celebrate his 101st birthday.

This year, they got to hug each other.

“I’m very glad that they opened it up again so we could see him and talk to him again - get closer to him again,” said Roettger’s daughter DJ Coomer.

“It’s just been amazing because I’ve known him all my life, and just to be able to see him and talk to him, and I even got to shake his hand,” said his neighbor Bill Arendt.

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