Woman, 98, Gets To See Great-Grandson On First Birthday With 'Drive-Thru' System At Care Home
A 98-year-old women was able to see her great-grandson on his first birthday after the care home she lives at introduced a clever social-distancing-friendly system.
Dunniwood Lodge in Doncaster has introduced a drive-thru meeting system, meaning its residents can see their loved ones from a safe distance.
Due to the lockdown it's been weeks since the care home residents have been able to see their families, so the care home, which has had no cases of coronavirus, decided to set up a special meeting area in the car park where families can drive through.
Among those keen to trial the new system was Violet Talbot who was able to see her great-grandson Teddy on his first birthday.
She told ITV News: "That was absolutely out of this world. The only trouble was I felt like crying because I wanted to hug them and yet that was being greedy because this was a real treat to see them in the flesh and it was lovely."
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Care home manager Joanne Booker, who helped arrange the visits told the news outlet: "It was absolutely amazing. The response has been phenomenal.
"We had response from 17 families who said they would come in and I think we have tripled that so far and we have still got a huge queue waiting to come in as well.
"The residents have really enjoyed it and still enjoying it and I think the families have got a lot out of it as well."
This care home is just one of several that has gone to above and beyond to allow people to see their loved one safely during lockdown.
Premier Living and Rehab Center in Lake Waccamaw, in the US, allowed a woman to show off her brand-new engagement ring to her granddad through the window of his room.
Twenty-two-year old Carly Boyd got engaged in March and was left devastated when she realised she wouldn't be able to share the good news with her granddad in person, but staff at the facility told her to walk around the building to his room and they would pull up the blinds so he could see the rock through the window.
Speaking to KOLD about the touching moment, Carly said: "I just... it was very... oh my gosh, I'm going to cry. It was very special.
"I got really emotional and really sad and I just put my hand on the window, and he put his there too. I just told him I love him, and he said, 'I love you too and I hope to see you soon', like really see you."
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