Emotional scenes as daughter sees mother at Bedford care home for the first time in six months

The visit was "just wonderful" as restrictions are lifted

Monday, 8th March 2021, 3:33 pm

The beaming smiles says it all as hand-holding visits began again at The Willows nursing home in Bedford today (Monday, March 8).

Jeanette Warden, 66, had not seen her mother, Winifred Clothier, 92, for six months and said today’s visit was “just wonderful”.

She said: “It has been a difficult time. We have kept in touch by FaceTime and I know the staff here are so good keeping the residents busy and posting photographs of activities they have been doing on Facebook. But it’s just wonderful to be sitting here holding my mum’s hand and catching up, having a real chinwag.”

Jeanette Warden, 66, sees her mother, Winifred Clothier, 92, for the first time in six months

Cyril Fomonyuy, manager of the home in Shakespeare Road, said: “It is a very emotional moment. We know how hard it has been for families and residents and it’s marvellous that the easing of lockdown restrictions now makes these visits possible.”

As of today, every care home resident in England is able to nominate a single named visitor who can come to the home for a regular visit.

Jeanette Warden, 66, sees her mother, Winifred Clothier, 92, for the first time in six months
Jeanette Warden, 66, sees her mother, Winifred Clothier, 92, for the first time in six months