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Slaton man reunites with wife in nursing home as visitations reopen

Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 9:38 PM CDT
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SLATON, Texas (KCBD) - Texas long-term care facilities were allowed to open up for visitation last Monday, allowing one Slaton man to reunite with his wife of 66 years.

Charsley and Coy Evans met at Texas Tech 10 months before getting married 65 years ago. Coy used to visit his bride at the Slaton Care Center, but when nursing homes closed to visitors due to COVID-19, he wasn’t allowed hug her or hold her hand for seven months.

“It was real depressing,” Coy said.

Coy said he wrote her a love letter every day, “And we got to FaceTime with her a lot. The people here were very gracious to give her a tablet, and we talked to her on the phone.”

For seven months, Coy and Charsley could only see each other in person through a glass door at the center. Then finally, last Monday, they were able to hug each other for the first time in months in Charsley’s room.

Charsley and Coy Evans met at Texas Tech 10 months before getting married 65 years ago. Coy...
Charsley and Coy Evans met at Texas Tech 10 months before getting married 65 years ago. Coy used to visit his bride at the Slaton Care Center, but when nursing homes closed to visitors due to COVID-19, he wasn't allowed hug her or hold her hand for seven months.(Photo by Star Evans)

Coy had to wear a hood and a gown so he could finally give his wife a big hug.

“It’s wonderful. I’ve been praying to God that I’d be able to come over here and see her again, and God answered my prayers,” Coy said.

Coy described how he dearly missed his wife.

“I’d always come in when she’s in the dining room. I’d come up behind her and pull her head around, give her a kiss.”

The couple can still only see each other for two hours at a time right now, and Coy had to get tested before he could see his bride.

Coy says he will wait for a vaccine for things to get back to normal, but in the meantime, he’ll continue to visit his wife every day.

He shares this advice for a happy marriage: “Love each other. Don’t fuss and fight.”

Long-term care centers have to request to be approved to open up. Centers can choose to stay closed if they believe they should.

Here’s a list of South Plains nursing homes that are allowing visitation.

Nursing homes:

HERITAGE OAKS NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER, 5301 UNIVERSITY AVE, LUBBOCK 79413

SLATON CARE CENTER, 630 S 19TH, SLATON 79364

THE PLAZA AT LUBBOCK, 4910 EMORY, LUBBOCK 79416

Assisted Living Facilities

ADAMS ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY, 8824 FM 1585, WOLFFORTH 79382

ANGEL’S ARMS ASSISTED LIVING, 3305 38TH STREET, LUBBOCK 79413

ASHTON OF SOUTHHAVEN INC, 4611 66TH, LUBBOCK 79414

BEEHIVE HOMES, 2105 W LOOP 289, LUBBOCK 79407

BEEHIVE HOMES II, 2109 WEST LOOP 289, LUBBOCK 79407

BELLECOURT SOUTH, 1717 NORFOLK AVE, LUBBOCK 79416

BROOKDALE MONTEREY, 5204 ELGIN AVE, LUBBOCK 79413

BROOKDALE REMINGTON PARK, 5301 66TH ST, LUBBOCK 79424

BROOKDALE SHADOW HILLS, 110 FRANKFORD AVE, LUBBOCK 79416

CARILLON ASSISTED LIVING, 1717 NORFOLK AVE, LUBBOCK 79416

FOUNTAIN HILLS ASSISTED LIVING & MEMORY CARE, 6317 112TH ST., LUBBOCK 79424

HEARTLAND HOUSE INC, 2605 N COUNTY RD 1700, LUBBOCK 79416

IVY HOUSE, 1701 30TH ST, LUBBOCK 79411

LIBRARY OF LEGACIES IDALOU LLC, 910 FRONTAGE RD, IDALOU 79329,

LIBRARY OF LEGACIES II, 1420 WOODROW RD, SLATON 79364

LIBRARY OF LEGACIES LLC, 1420 WOODROW RD, SLATON 79364

MACKENZIE PLACE, 8609 BOSTON AVE, LUBBOCK 79423

MANNA ACRES, 2510 SLIDE RD, LUBBOCK 79407

PROMISELAND ASSISTED LIVING, 3314 40TH ST, LUBBOCK 79413

PROMISELAND ASSISTED LIVING - KINGSGATE, 4003 - 87TH STREET, LUBBOCK 79423

PROMISELAND ASSISTED LIVING II LLC, 3416 43RD STREET, LUBBOCK 79413,

PROMISELAND ASSISTED LIVING III LLC, 3012 81ST ST, LUBBOCK 79423

SERENDIPITY SUITES, 5321 19TH STREET, LUBBOCK 79407,

SISTERS LOVING ARMS, 4713 22ND ST, LUBBOCK 79407

TANGLEWOOD ESTATE, 4505 20TH ST, LUBBOCK 79407

TANGLEWOOD VILLAGE, 5501 34TH, LUBBOCK 79407

THE CALLANDER HOUSE LLC, 4524 77TH ST, LUBBOCK 79424

THE CALLANDER HOUSE LLC, 808 MAIN ST., WOLFFORTH 79382

THE CALLANDER HOUSE-SOUTH, 11902 FRANKFORD AVENUE, LUBBOCK 79424

THE PHOENIX HOUSE, 3319 35TH ST, LUBBOCK 79413

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