I have a very caring family that comes often as they can, but what a change it makes.

[Interviewer]

Question one. How has COVID-19 impacted your daily life?

[Pat]

How has it?

[Interviewer]

How has it? Yeah.

[Pat]

Yeah. A complete change, actually. I lived on a farm and on January 23rd, I had a very bad fall and so I wasn't able to stay by myself, so as I said, I... I can read this, can't I? What I...

[Interviewer]

Yep.

[Pat]

I applied to Whispering Waters Manor. While waiting, I stayed with family members. On March 11th, I was accepted and ready to move in, when the pandemic affected the whole world. Many lockdowns, especially in senior residences, however, I was able to move in on July 9th, 2020, very comfortable in my new home with a very caring and friendly staff. So that's it would have pretty well affected me, I would guess.

[Interviewer]

Awesome. Thank you. Okay, next question. Hold on.

 [Interviewer]

Oh. What is something that you took for granted before COVID that you appreciate more now?

[Pat]

Well I guess, I mean, you could go wherever you wanted, there was no... but now, of course we can't. Well, I didn't appreciate it as much then as I would now if I could go out, which you can't go. Anyway... okay.

[Interviewer]

Question three, how do you think the pandemic will change society once it's over?

[Pat]

Well, I feel that as far as family and community, family life will be much more... they'll have time for everything, which they didn't have before. And same as society. You organize things and people don't go. Well, maybe they will now. It'll come back to years ago, a community was a community. Well, now it's everybody going their own direction. I think it'll make quite a difference on that score.

[Interviewer]

Yeah. How did isolation affect you and how has this affected your relationships with family and friends?

[Pat]

Well, we can't see them as often, but when they do come, you really appreciate their visits. But anyway, no, I have a very caring family that comes often as they can, but what a change it makes.

[Interviewer]

Yeah.

[Pat]

It's unbelievable how the change has made.

[Interviewer]

Yes. Yeah.

[Pat]

For everybody.

[Interviewer]

Truly, yeah. And then last question, what memories keep you hopeful and what possible future keeps you going?

[Pat]

Well, being at home, being very independent, and then hopefully things will get back to normal whenever, who knows? Who knows? But anyway, yeah, so back to normal ways, I guess. That would-

[Interviewer]

Yeah.

[Pat]

... keep me going.

[Interviewer]

Awesome. All right, thank you.

[Pat]

Okay, that's it?

[Interviewer]

I really appreciated hearing your responses.

[Pat]

Okay.