THERE has been an emotional reunion at a Friends of the Elderly care home in Malvern when resident Margaret McDonald got to see her son in person for the first time in more than six months.
On November 17, Patrick had visited Margaret at Bradbury Court and had planned regular visits but, because of the lockdown, they had to be put on hold.
Now – with care home visiting restrictions eased – the pair were able to physically see each other and catch up face-to-face, rather than over FaceTime.
Margaret – who has been at Bradbury Court for a year – said: “Speaking over FaceTime or on the phone is fine, but I do miss seeing Patrick in person. I couldn’t wait to hold hands and have a good natter.”
And at their last visit, Patrick had a very special surprise treat for his mum.
He said: “Hugo, my grandson – Margaret’s great grandson – is now nearly two-and-a-half years old and I was lucky enough to be there when he took his first steps.
“I filmed him making his way around the room on his feet for the first time and showed this to mum.
“She was astonished. Of course, time is a strange perception for mum now, however, I think that seeing Hugo walk brought a sense of reality to her life.”
Speaking about his recent visit to see Margaret, Patrick said: “Hugo has grown so much since I last saw mum, she was thrilled to see more photos and hear about what he and his cousins have been up to.”
Bradbury Court’s Care Home Manager, Elaine Banks added: “Being able to have regular visits is an important part of our resident’s daily routine and vital for their health, wellbeing and quality of life, so having the restrictions eased means a lot to all our residents.
“Being able to visit, speak and laugh with a relative or loved one is as important for family and friends, so I’m extremely happy that we are now able to reopen our visiting schedule and accommodate Covid-safe visits for all our residents.”