After a few months of welcoming back friends and family members into our Homes to visit their loved ones and hopefully more of that to come in the coming months, a Heffle Court Care Home resident put into words how an unexpected visit can bring so much joy. Margaret, who has been a resident since the end of 2019 recounted her story:
“Before the pandemic began, I was very lucky, as my daughter Sara, son-in-law and my only granddaughter visited regularly. It was such a pleasure to see them, spending time with my granddaughter was priceless.
My daughter informed me, that they were going abroad, as my son-in law was being transferred as a serving officer in the army. My heart sank as I thought that I would never see them again. Suddenly, it seemed as though the world had gone crazy, we were not allowed to go out, or anyone apart from the staff were allowed in. I was lucky I was able to Skype my family, on a regular basis, but I wanted more.
Once the world opened up a bit more, to my surprise, my daughter had spoken to the Home Manager Debby Potter. Between them both I had the biggest surprise of my life, my daughter was able to receive a special dispensation to travel.
Words could not express the joy that was in my heart, I shed so many tears, not of sadness, but of pure love. She said that hopefully she will try to visit again soon, but until then we continue to Skype and I cherish the time spent together”.