A mother who lives in a nursing home shared the importance of holding her daughter’s hand – with government rules on visits to be further relaxed starting April 12.

Helen Daly, 92 years old, resident of the Glebe House nursing home in Hollesley, enjoys weekly close-ups of daughter Carol Crichton.

She said, “How things have changed! It’s wonderful to sit and hold your hand.

Helen and Carol are holding hands for the first time in 12 months
– Photo credit: Gregg Brown

“We sat and chatted and talked about the old days. It was nice.

“Before Carol was able to visit her, the screen blocked us, so I love being able to sit next to her.”

Carol said, “Mom was overjoyed the first time I visited. She held my hand tightly throughout the visit, it is a great comfort to her.

Julie Frost took her dog Cooper to visit her father David, 81, at the Woodbridge Lodge nursing home.

Julie Frost took her dog Cooper to visit her father David, 81, at the Woodbridge Lodge nursing home.
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“Mom likes routine, that’s why I visit her every Thursday now. The employees tell me that she keeps asking if it’s already Thursday.”

Carol added, “All of the staff were amazing. I can’t praise them enough for everything they do to keep mom safe and happy. “

Trish Middleton, manager of the family-run Glebe House, said: “The face-to-face visits are extremely beneficial to the health and wellbeing of our residents. They mean the world to them. “

Government rules are due to change starting Monday April 12th to allow residents a second regular visit. Nursing home visits actress Ruthie Henshall welcomed the news – but warned many families that there is still a “zip code lottery” pending for visits.

Carol Crichton visits mother Helen Daly for a window visit at Glebe House in Hollesley in August 2020

Carol Crichton visits mother Helen Daly for a window visit at Glebe House in Hollesley in August 2020
– Photo credit: Gregg Brown

Babies and toddlers can join visitors under the new rule change, which means some residents can meet grandchildren for the first time.

Previously, on March 8, rules were relaxed to allow residents to visit indoor spaces from a nominated friend or relative. The safety requirements for Covid-19 include PPE and side flow tests.

Julie Frost shared how she finally got to see her father David, 81, at the Woodbridge Lodge Care Home in Woodbridge, operated by Kingsley Healthcare.

For her first close-up visit in over 12 months, she brought her dog, Cooper.

She said, “Luckily Dad has a room on the first floor so I could chat with him through the window once a week.

Helen Daly during a socially distant garden visit at Glebe House

Helen Daly during a socially distant garden visit at Glebe House
– Photo credit: Gregg Brown

“The staff were excellent at arranging video calls. However, this does not mean a proper visit. I knew Dad was so excited to see Cooper. “

Home Manager Jill Harris said, “We are very excited to be able to return to more normal visits. So the residents really have something to look forward to again. “

The house allows families to book a picnic in the garden when the weather is warmer and to organize barbecues.