TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Indiana National Guard members will continue to assist long-term care facilities in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties until at least the end of February.
About 20 Indiana National Guard members are assisting nursing homes in Tippecanoe County. They were originally scheduled to stay until the end of 2020.
As News 18 previously reported, more than 1,000 National Guard members were deployed statewide beginning last year to assist nursing homes hit hardest by COVID-19.
Sergeant Randy Zellers was deployed to Creasy Springs Health Campus in October. He says he's completing administrative tasks to free up staff and health care workers to focus on resident care.
"If I'm able to be here and allow nurses and CNAs to get that direct resident care, that's super exciting for me," he says.
Zellers says he enjoys having a direct impact on his community.
"These are my friends' families," he says. "I run into people that I've went to school with 40 miles away from here and these are truly my friends and some of my family in these long-term care facilities, so being able to assist has been huge."