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Mother's Day social distancing at West Norfolk care homes

Families were still able to see each other on Mother’s Day as Norfolk care homes allowed people to safely speak to their loved ones.

Norse Care, who operate homes in Lynn, Swaffham, Downham and Fakenham, ensured family members could interact while social distancing by speaking on phones and interacting through the window.

The operator said there was “a lovely moment” at Westfields care home in Swaffham in which a family planted a rose for a loved one as she watched from the safety of her room.

Safe interaction was still possible on Mother's Day. Picture: NorseCare
Safe interaction was still possible on Mother's Day. Picture: NorseCare

“Mother’s Day 2020 is certainly going to be remembered. We’ve been enabling families to visit their loved ones in the safest way possible,” Norse Care said on social media.

Richard Lain-Smith of Norse Care said: "Like all care providers, we currently have visitor restrictions in place in all our homes to keep everyone as safe as possible.

"So for Mother’s Day, and in respect to the social distancing guidelines, we made it possible for families to safely visit our homes, using mobile phones to speak directly to residents and see them from the comfort of their rooms.

"Our staff are working wonders in some really challenging circumstances and we are receiving some lovely supportive comments from families, thanking us for keeping their loved ones safe."

The Government has asked those over the age of 70 and who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus to be "particularly stringent" in following social distancing measures.

They are advised to avoid gatherings with friends and family, and to keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

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