When the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for Lisa Racine to visit her dad in-person at the nursing home, she came up with a clever workaround.
The 58-year-old snagged a job at the nursing home instead.
Racine, who works full-time as a project manager for a printing company, told CNN she was able to make things work due to her flexible schedule.
Racine works two or three nights a week at the Good Samaritan Society - Stillwater facility where her father, 87-year-old Harold, is a resident.
Prior to getting the job in December, seeing her father was limited to window visits and FaceTime calls.
While she says the job – which includes stocking the cupboards and refrigerators, washing dishes, mopping floors, serving food to residents and cleaning up once they’ve eaten – is difficult, it’s allowed her to spend some quality time with her dad.
"I have a bit of a routine. I usually arrive a few minutes early and I go check on my dad and then when I'm done serving dinner, I check on him again," Racine told the outlet.
"At the end of my shift, then I go in his room and I visit with him and it could be anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, hour-and-a-half, depending on how he's feeling."
She said being there in-person has been helpful for her father, who is only able to see his other children via FaceTime.
"He definitely looks forward to it and it raises his spirits. I wish I could be there every day, but unfortunately, that's not possible," she said. "I feel like it's giving him a little more zest for life."
Since she works closely with residents, Racine, who contracted COVID prior to starting the job, was eligible for the vaccine.
She got her first dose administered next to her father, who was getting his second dose.
While Racine is lucky to spend time with her dad, she explained she’s looking forward to the day restrictions are fully lifted so that the whole family can get together again.
She also plans on cutting back her hours once restrictions are lifted, but explained that she will continue filling in when the nursing home is short staffed.