News ID: 270113
Published: 1021 GMT June 13, 2020

Care home installs glass pods so residents can see family and friends

Care home installs glass pods so residents can see family and friends

A care home has come up with an ingenious solution to enable residents to see their friends and family while self-isolating.

The occupants of Eighton Lodge in Gateshead, the UK, were reunited with loved ones after months apart when management installed a glass pod in the garden, according to

Resident Joan Yates saw her two adult children Doreen Hunter and Joan Chisholm for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown in March.

Hunter told ITV News moments before the meeting: “I’m probably going to cry though because I’m dead soft! I just want to see her, and see what she’s like.”

“I don’t know who will cry first though, me!”

Edward Dixon was also reunited with his mom Dolly and was able to communicate with her thanks to an intercom system in the pods.

He added: “It’s been quite a long time, since we’ve been this close. But she looks great! She looks well!”

Wellburn Care, which owns Eighton Lodge, plans to install visiting pods at all its homes in northeast England.

Chairwoman Rachel Beckett said the pods were a success.

Another 202 people have died from coronavirus in the UK, bringing the nation’s official death toll to 41,481.

The latest figures from the Department of Health include deaths from all settings, including hospitals and care homes.

The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 now stands at 292,950.

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