A very happy reunion at Lammas House
There were beaming smiles when Jennie Harmston was able to enjoy a socially distanced garden visit with her beloved father recently. It had been three long months since Jennie had seen 90-year-old Matthew at Lammas House Residential Care Home, our CQC outstanding rated care home in Coventry, because of visiting restrictions due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
When restrictions were eased, Jennie was able to pre-book a 30 minute visit with Matthew – and they made the most of every second!
She said: “It was unbelievable to see him – any time spent with him is precious and it is a very happy memory for me.”
“He was really pleased to see me and I felt quite emotional afterwards,” she added. “It is so important to see family and be around them.”
During the half hour the pair quite literally picked up the conversation from where they left off! Matthew got the chance to chat to his granddaughter Laura on the phone, as well as see his 20-month-old great granddaughter Abigail on camera - four generations united in one visit!
When Jennie arrived, she had her temperature checked and wore a mask as part of guidelines Sanctuary Care follows to ensure everyone is as safe as possible – and of course they sat more than 3m apart once Jennie had gone through a side gate to the garden.
She said: “I was delighted with the safe practices of the staff to prevent infections. As a trained nurse I felt very reassured. You have to put your family member first and it’s what protects them – you will do anything to see them so if it’s sitting in a mask then that’s fine.”
Matthew’s 90th birthday had passed during the period where non essential visits were suspended, so they had so much catching up to do!
Jennie added: “We saw each other on FaceTime for his birthday, but it was so lovely to see dad stroll out in the garden and with a lovely smile - to actually see him sitting there was such a relief.
“I want to thank all the team at Lammas House for making my visit possible, words cannot express how delighted I was to see him.”
Speaking of his joy at seeing his loved ones – both in person and via technology – Matthew added: “I am very happy that I could see my family again. They give me advice and I give them advice, we share things as family. I am so pleased seeing my family again.”
I am very happy that I could see my family again. They give me advice and I give them advice, we share things as family. I am so pleased seeing my family again.