Gracewell of Church Crookham care home hosts drive-through visit so residents can safely see their families

Gracewell of Church Crookham recently hosted a drive-through visit event for residents and their families. The team at the care home carefully planned the visit so everyone involved could maintain a safe social distance and comply with government guidelines.

The team at Gracewell of Church Crookham have ensured all families have contacted their loved ones, using video calls, phones and email. However, this was the first time since March that the residents were able to see their families in person.

Residents were seated outside at the front of the home, as they enjoyed homemade Mexican food, ice cream and beverages. Families stayed in their cars as they slowly paraded past the residents and got to spend some quality time with them. Many families decorated their cars with amazing messages of love, bunting and posters.

Nicola Wells, Daughter of a resident, said:

"Not being able to see Dad during Covid-19 has been tough, so to see him at the Gracewell Drive-Thru was wonderful.  It is a memory I will treasure forever. Gracewell organised it with great enthusiasm and made it possible whilst keeping everyone safe.  The atmosphere was filled with love, happiness and joy."

Sue Meyrick, Daughter of a resident, said:

Thank you guys soooo much. I couldn’t wish for a better home for Mum to be in. Thank you again.

Marian Grannell, Daughter of a resident, said:

It was fantastic of Gracewell to be so creative in making the drive through not just a chance for us to visit our Dad but also making it into a celebratory festival – homemade ice cream (which Dad keeps telling us about) and nachos!  Our short time with Dad was so very special – and very much appreciated!

Steven Wyllie, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Church Crookham, said:

It was such a wonderful but emotional day for all involved. Residents and families had a fantastic time – they were so thrilled to see each other. The weather was on our side – it wasn’t too hot or too cold, just perfect. We are so pleased that we were able to do put on such an event.


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