A Hampshire care home is enabling care home residents to finally hug their loved ones again through the use of a new innovation.
The plastic ‘cuddle curtain’ has been installed at Westlands care home in Four Marks, Hampshire, part of family owned care group, RMD Care.
Home manager Helen Brown told the BBC: “Because I closed down early in March, it was a tough decision to take so there has been no contact since the second week of March. We have quite a lot of dementia patients so they might not be aware of what is going on in the world. They may not be aware of when they had their last visit but I think they’re aware of when they last had their cuddle.”
Weekly sessions are being held in a tent at the home, which has remained COVID-free, where family and loved ones can meet and hug each in 15 minute slots.
Rigorous sanitisation procedures are carried out after each visit to ensure the home remains COVID-free.
Helen added: “It’s been absolutely fantastic. It’s been a real success. We’re going to continue with it because we don’t how long we have to lockdown. We don’t know how long for really.”
You can see the tearful reunions, which were filmed by Talia Slack and Jon Cuthill, by clicking here.