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World Belgian retirement home offers 'hug curtain' for safe embrace

15:26  02 july  2020
15:26  02 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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PERUWELZ, Belgium (Reuters) - Residents of a Belgian retirement home are able to soothe the pain of social distancing measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing their loved ones through a ' hug curtain '. Staff at the Jardins de Picardie nursing home near the French border

A retirement home in Brazil has come up with a creative solution to allow friends and families to enjoy personal contact with aging residents particularly © Fernando MARRON An elderly patient and a visitor at a nursing home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, use a new plastic ' hugging curtain ' to embrace while

By Bart Biesemans

a couple of people that are standing in the street: Residents at Belgian nursing home © Reuters/YVES HERMAN Residents at Belgian nursing home "Le Jardin de Picardie" enjoy hugs and cuddle through a wall made with plastic sheets to protect against potential COVID-19 infection in Peruwelz

PERUWELZ, Belgium (Reuters) - Residents of a Belgian retirement home are able to soothe the pain of social distancing measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing their loved ones through a 'hug curtain'.

a close up of a person wearing a costume: Residents at Belgian nursing home © Reuters/YVES HERMAN Residents at Belgian nursing home "Le Jardin de Picardie" enjoy hugs and cuddle through a wall made with plastic sheets to protect against potential COVID-19 infection in Peruwelz

Staff at the Jardins de Picardie nursing home near the French border installed the large plastic curtain on June 14 and it has proven very popular with the residents, who had not been allowed any visitors for 11 weeks.

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A retirement home in Brazil has come up with a creative solution to allow friends and families to enjoy personal contact with aging residents particularly © Fernando MARRON An elderly patient and a visitor at a nursing home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, use a new plastic ' hugging curtain ' to embrace while

A retirement home in Brazil has come up with a creative solution to allow friends and families to enjoy personal contact with aging residents particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus: a " hugging curtain ." The large plastic curtain , installed in a retirement home in the city of Sao Paulo, allows residents on

a hand holding a piece of paper: Residents at Belgian nursing home © Reuters/YVES HERMAN Residents at Belgian nursing home "Le Jardin de Picardie" enjoy hugs and cuddle through a wall made with plastic sheets to protect against potential COVID-19 infection in Peruwelz

Lili Hendrickx, an 86-year old resident of the home, said the curtain was "the most beautiful invention" she had ever seen.

"It's terribly emotional for me," she said, adding that she cried the first time she was able to hug her daughter again.

"The feeling you get when you are close to someone like that, I felt like the heat was passing through."

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A retirement home in Brazil has come up with a creative solution to allow friends and families to enjoy personal contact with aging residents particularly In a retirement home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, visitors reach their arms through pockets in a plastic ' hugging curtain ' to embrace friends and relatives while

A retirement home in Brazil has come up with a creative solution to allow friends and families to enjoy personal contact with aging residents particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus: a " hugging curtain ." The large plastic curtain , installed in a retirement home in the city of Sao Paulo, allows residents on

"The fact that you can meet your loved ones again, it's a real pleasure, especially physically and emotionally, it feels good," said Amandine Josefiak, 35, who had come to visit her father at the home.

The curtain, decorated with flowers and bright colours, is made of a big plastic sheet with two pockets on each side where residents and visitors or staff insert their arms.

After each use, nurses carefully disinfect the plastic curtain.

"Due to the coronavirus and this social distancing we all suffered a lot from the lack of affection," Marie Christine Desoer, the director of the home, said.

"We know it will last for a while, we don't know where we're going with this virus..."

Residents at Belgian nursing home © Reuters/YVES HERMAN Residents at Belgian nursing home "Le Jardin de Picardie" enjoy hugs and cuddle through a wall made with plastic sheets to protect against potential COVID-19 infection in Peruwelz

Belgium imposed its lockdown on March 18 to halt the spread of COVID-19 but has now started to relax the restrictions.

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Sao Paulo (AFP) – A retirement home in Brazil has come up with a creative solution to allow friends and families to enjoy personal contact with aging residents particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus: a “ hugging curtain .” The large plastic curtain , installed in a retirement home in the city of Sao Paulo

Joy returned to a nursing home in Tandil, Argentina this week after the installation of a plastic curtain on one of its doors which allows residents to hug their relatives while also preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

The disease has so far claimed 9,761 lives in Belgium, a country of 11 million, one of the highest fatality rates per capita in the world.

Residents at Belgian nursing home © Reuters/YVES HERMAN Residents at Belgian nursing home "Le Jardin de Picardie" enjoy hugs and cuddle through a wall made with plastic sheets to protect against potential COVID-19 infection in Peruwelz

(This story corrects spelling of resident's surname in paragraph 3)

(Reporting by Bart Bisemans, writing by Marine Strauss; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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