The family is only allowed to shake from a distance, and the family hopes that the long-term care home will again accept visitors
Toronto-Canada’s first and second wave of COVID-19 hit long-term care homes, leaving them open to outside visitors.
Now that most residents have been vaccinated, family members want to know when they can visit their loved ones again.
Throughout the pandemic, many people had to rely on waving and holding up signs from a distance to tell family members in long-term care facilities that they love them. However, for more than a year, the family hopes to re-establish contact.
“Seeing my daughter waving to my mother, and my mother waving back hard in difficult things, these images will haunt me for a lifetime,” said 59-year-old wife Micheline Plamondon. A long-term care home in Quebec, told CTV News.
Jacques and his daughter Brigitte were allowed to visit as caregivers, but his three other daughters waved in the distance and were told by the security department to leave Champlain- des-Pommetiers) property. They said they were even yelled at by the nurse because they were too close.
Family members of other residents have also been working hard to obtain access rights, and the family said they cannot grant any exceptions to the rule.
They told CTV News in a statement: “Even if an exception is allowed for one person, an exception cannot be allowed.”
At present, Jacques and Bridget spent several hours in Pramonton, continuing to accompany her and support her, but Pramonton’s other three daughters were turned away.
They worry that the mother with dementia will not be able to recognize them from such a far away place, but just hope she can see them close enough to see their smile and wave.
Quebec said that all long-term care residents have been vaccinated with the second batch of COVID-19 vaccines, but some people worry that their time with their loved ones may run out and wave Mother’s Day in the distance.