For Bucks County mom on the COVID-19 front line, living away from family hits hard

SELLERSVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Essential workers all over are giving up Mother's Day with their families to keep others safe during the pandemic. One Bucks County woman had to make that sacrifice and then some.

When the pandemic started, the Community at Rockhill in Sellersville opened up a designated unit for residents with COVID-19. Nurses, aides and cleaning staff volunteered to work on just that isolated unit to keep from spreading the virus to other residents in the long-term care community. 

Several of the workers, including nurse Jennifer Seachrist, asked to move onto campus to make sure they didn't take the virus home to their families. Her husband and two children quickly agreed to the plan. 

After all, Seachrist has been a nurse a long time, and for her, going the extra mile is just part of the job.

"They've grown up knowing that if there was a snow storm, Mom wasn't coming home, she'd have to stay at work," she explained. "I always had to rotate through holidays, so Christmas was delayed, Thanksgiving was delayed. It was a way of life for them, so it wasn't unusual for them in an emergency, I had to work."

Seachrist packed up and moved out of the house last month. She admitted being away from her family been hard for her as the crisis continues, but technology has helped.

"It certainly gets harder, but years ago, we didn't have FaceTime and we didn't have phones that we could just talk and see people," she said. "I can see my kids and I can text them. We can still interact."

However, Seachrist has no idea how long it will be before she can return home and give her family a big hug.