CLOSE For the country’s 1.4 million nursing home residents, lockdowns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have meant more isolation. Those who call Southern Pines home are still grappling with seeing loved ones only through window panes or screens. (July 17) AP DomesticDES MOINES, Iowa – Cindy Lyons said she could see through a nursing home window that her mother was dying. But because of strict enforcement of pandemic rules, she never got the chance to say goodbye.Lyons said staff members at the New Homestead Care Center in Guthrie Center, Iowa, rebuffed her pleas in May to be let in to see her mother. Betty Hansen, 86, had terminal kidney disease and was put on hospice care. She had stopped eating and could no longer hold herself up.Lyons said the family should have qualified for an end-of-life exemption to the nursing home’s visitor ban, which is intended to limit residents’ exposure to the coronavirus.“They kept saying, ‘It isn’t time yet. It isn’t time yet,’” Lyons recalled. “I said, ‘I’m going to have to watch my mom die from a window, aren’t I?’ And they said, ‘No, that won’t happen.’ But that’s what happened.”Lyons contends the nursing home violated her mother’s dignity and rights. State inspectors

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