First visitors reunited with their loved ones after care home lockdown rules relax

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15th April 2021

After months of waiting patiently, loved ones at a Cheltenham nursing home were reunited once more after government guidelines changed from today (March 8) to allow each resident a visitor and the right to hold hands.

Wentworth Court, home to 58 residents with moderate to severe dementia, welcomed relatives back on site for the first time in nearly 12 months.

Following a negative Covid test result and wearing PPE, Angie D’Avanzo (67) from Bourton-on-the-Water, was one of the first visitors through the doors, to visit her childhood sweetheart, Tony (72), who she has only seen once since August last year.

“I’ve ordered something new to wear, I feel like I’m going on a first date,” said Angie, who has been married to Tony since 1977.

“I’m very nervous about seeing him again as well as excited. I just want to touch him.”

Valerie Harding (86) travelled 70 miles from her home in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire to see her husband John in the Cheltenham home, her first journey to Wentworth Court since John became a resident last year.

“I’ve not yet been to the home, and I can’t wait to see John again,” said Val tearfully. “I’m hoping to find a studio flat to rent nearby so I can visit regularly now we are able.”

General Manager, Gez Ossai added: “It’s been so difficult for our families to be apart from their loved ones for so long, we feel quite emotional seeing them finally reunited. We’ve been keeping everyone in touch by regular phone and Skype calls and daily life photos in a private Facebook group but nothing is a substitute for seeing a spouse or family member in person and being able to hold their hand.”

The home will now welcome up to 10 visitors a day on an appointment basis who will be required to take rapid result Covid test in the carpark beforehand and wear full PPE.

For more information about Wentworth Court call 01242 263334

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