15th April 2021
Staff at a dementia-specialist nursing home in Cheltenham delivered a little love to couples separated by lockdown restrictions for Valentine’s Day.
Residents at Wentworth Court created decorative hearts, embellished with flowers and a loving message which were hand-delivered by the care team in time for the special day.
With residents unable to gifts in person this year, general manager Gez Ossai along with nurse, Alice Preston took to the roads in the home’s ‘Minibus of Love’ to deliver personalised cards, handmade hearts and a red rose to their doors.
John Moore, who was the first to receive a Valentine’s surprise visit, has been married to Joan for 63 years.
John said, “It’s absolutely, amazing, we give each other a card every year but we’ve never had special delivery before like this.”
Kath Price, 89, tearfully received a rose and card from her 94-year-old husband Eric. The couple will have been married for 70 years on March 24.
Kath said, “It’s been a long time, nearly a year since lockdown now, March 11. I just want us to be together if we could.”
Other team members travelled further afield to locations including Cirencester and Bourton-on-the Water to ensure that residents’ spouses received the heart-warming gifts from their sweethearts.
Gez said, “It’s been a wonderful morning, delivering surprise gifts to loved ones for Valentine’s Day. There’s been a few tears but it’s a been a pleasure to bring a little joy to people’s doors.”
Wentworth Court has been closed to visitors since March 11, 2020 apart from a window in December when loved ones were briefly reunited before lockdown restrictions were re-imposed.
The specialist dementia home currently has 56 residents, 27 of which have living spouses.
The team has been helping loved ones to stay in touch by using digital technology including video calls and a closed Facebook group with snapshots of daily life in the home.
For more information about Wentworth Court, call 01242 263334