Malvern resident reunites with her son as lockdown restrictions ease

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Margaret, who has been a resident at Bradbury Court for over a year said: “Speaking over FaceTime or on the phone is fine, but I do miss seeing Patrick in person. I couldn’t wait to hold hands and have a good natter.”

Back on 17th November 2020, at Bradbury Court in Malvern, Margaret McDonald was the first resident to be able to enjoy a very special one-on-one visit from her son, Patrick. However, due to the last lockdown, Margaret and Patrick’s additional planned visits were put on hold, until now. 

With UK Government care home visiting restrictions beginning to ease, both Margaret and Patrick were excited about the prospect of being able to physically see each other again and catch-up face to face, instead of chatting over FaceTime. Margaret, who has been a resident at Bradbury Court for over a year said: “Speaking over FaceTime or on the phone is fine, but I do miss seeing Patrick in person. I couldn’t wait to hold hands and have a good natter.” 

At their last visit, Patrick had a very special surprise treat for his Mum. Commenting on his surprise, Patrick said: “Hugo, my Grandson – Margaret’s Great Grandson – is now nearly two and a half years old and I was lucky enough to be there when he took his first steps. I filmed him making his way around the room on his feet for the first time and showed this to Mum. She was astonished. Of course, time is a strange perception for Mum now; however, I think that seeing Hugo walk brought a sense of reality to her life.” Speaking out his recent visit to see Margaret, Patrick said: “Hugo has grown so much since I last saw Mum; she was thrilled to see more photos and hear about what he and his cousins have been up to.” 

Bradbury Court’s Care Home Manager, Elaine Banks added: “Being able to have regular visits is an important part of our resident’s daily routine and vital for their health, wellbeing and quality of life, so having the restrictions eased means a lot to all our residents. Being able to visit, speak and laugh with a relative or loved one is as important for family and friends, so I’m extremely happy that we are now able to reopen our visiting schedule and accommodate COVID-safe visits for all our residents.” 

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Margaret, who has been a resident at Bradbury Court for over a year said: “Speaking over FaceTime or on the phone is fine, but I do miss seeing Patrick in person. I couldn’t wait to hold hands and have a good natter.”

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