This is just lovely. A Belgian retirement home has set up a “hug curtain” so residents can receive a comforting embrace from loved ones and still adhere to social distancing.
Staff at the Jardins de Picardie nursing home near the French border installed the large plastic curtain on 14 June and it has proven very popular with the residents, who had not been allowed any visitors for 11 weeks.
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.
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.
This Belgian retirement home has set up a ‘hug curtain’ for its residents and relatives to be able to embrace safely https://t.co/utXkp1AkPC pic.twitter.com/UkTZY1IYs0