There were tears of happiness when a care home resumed visiting yesterday after months of lockdown.
Greensleeves Care’s Lavender Fields in Sevenoaks, Kent was one of the care homes up and down the country opening its doors for family visits.
Karen Cooper, Home Manager at Lavender Fields, said: “It is wonderful to see the joy on residents’ faces today as we opened up Lavender Fields for close contact visits.
“Touch is something we all look forward to, so to be able to hold hands is a small step but means so much. Being able to have a family member they can have physical contact with, will ensure that our residents’ wellbeing is maintained.”
Relatives and their loved ones shared much joy and happy tears on being able to see each other in person. Karen Archibald, who visited her mum Liz, said: “It’s so nice to finally get to hold mum’s hand.”
Care home visits resumed yesterday as part of the government’s easing of lockdown.
Guidance for the resumption was published last week. The guidelines allow every care home resident to nominate a single visitor for regular visits.
The visitors are required to be tested using rapid lateral flow tests before every visit and must wear appropriate PPE and follow all other infection control measures.
Residents and visitors are allowed to hold hands but advised to keep other physical contact to a minimum.