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Photo captures moment care home parents are reunited with son after year apart

This photo captures the moment a son could hold his mum and dad’s hands for the first time in more than a year.

Paisley Lodge Care Home in Armley has opened its doors again to welcome families back into the home.

Due to the easing of restrictions Cherry and Trevor were some of the first residents in the home, on Hopton Mews, to spend quality time with their son Stuart – and they were thrilled to be in his company again after a year apart.

Stuart commented:

“It was amazing to finally be able to hold their hands. I still have a big smile on my face.”

A designated visitor is now able to arrange a pre-booked appointment to visit their loved one using the same-day LFD (Lateral flow antigen) test method only. This change in policy enables homes to increase face-to-face visits seven days a week.

Visitors can book appointments via the home’s administrator and are asked to arrive on-site 30 minutes before their visit to take the lateral test, complete a health declaration and apply PPE. For those that wish to take an optional PCR test, they can do so by contacting the home prior to their scheduled visit and staff will facilitate the test.

Acting Home Manager, Lucy Gradwell, commented:

“It was emotional for all involved to be able to see residents able to connect again with their family members and it was a magical moment to see the expressions on residents’ faces.”

Offering specialist dementia, residential and short-term respite care, Paisley Lodge is part of Orchard Care Homes’ portfolio of residences for the elderly.

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