Mary Ann Foley's 103-year-old mother, Louise, has a big family. And though her home in Rotterdam is practically covered in family photos albums, the images don't give you a true sense for just how many generations there are.
"She has 10 grandchildren, 20 great-children, and five great-great-grandchildren," Foley said.
But for more than a year now, that family has been unable to visit her at Schenectady Center nursing home.
And while COVID-19 restrictions on nursing home visits are starting to loosen, Louise's wing is still closed to visits after a new COVID-19 case was discovered. It's left Foley and her two sisters, Gloria Cappuccitti and Shirley Giaquinto, looking for answers.
"We were her three angels," Giaquinto said while sitting with her sisters Monday afternoon at Foley's home in Rotterdam. "She always called us her three angels.
Added Foley, "But we think she's the angel."
The Schenectady Center in a statement said it is working to implement the new guidlines announced last week by the state, which previously blocked visitors for two weeks after a positive COVID-19 case.
The daughters are grateful for the work the nursing home staff has done during the pandemic. Instead, they want state officials to act.
Foley said she wants Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill enacting the rules changes into law. Unitl then, it's going to be more waiting.
All three women, including their mother, are fully vaccinated. The family has had a handful of visits since the pandemic began, but from the outside looking in through a window.
"Mommy is alive," Foley said. "It's like she's there and we're here, three miles away."
The family hopes to reunite soon, hopefully by the time Louise turns 104 on June 20.
"It's going to be exciting just to be able to hug her and touch her and hold her hand," Foley said. "Our children, grandchildren, they want to see their grandma. They miss her."