Cou­ple re­united days af­ter land­mark date

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CA­TRI­ONA STE­WART

LAST week they cel­e­brated 55 years of mar­riage sep­a­rated by a win­dow to keep them safe. But now lov­ing hus­band and wife Nor­man and San­dra Thom­son have been re­united in per­son as coro­n­avirus lock­down re­stric­tions con­tinue to ease.

The sun was shin­ing for the emo­tional visit as Nor­man, 76, was fi­nally al­lowed to see San­dra, 74,who lives in White­craigs Care Home, for the first time in four months.

The cou­ple sat out­doors in the gar­den for a face-to-face catch up.

Nor­man, who brought a bou­quet of flow­ers for his wife, said: “It’s mar­vel­lous.

“I was re­ally look­ing for­ward to the visit. Ob­vi­ously I would love to be with her but this is the first step.

“It’s fan­tas­tic. I’m look­ing for­ward to next.”

Amanda Ran­dou, ac­tiv­i­ties co­or­di­na­tor at the Re­nais­sance Care­run home, said: “San­dra re­ally en­joyed get­ting to re­con­nect with Nor­man.

“Vis­its are go­ing great here. “It’s lovely to see our res­i­dents re­con­nect­ing with their loved ones.

“It is chal­leng­ing as it’s a dif­fer­ent type of visit but it’s a step for­ward.”

Nor­man and San­dra weren’t the only cou­ple to be re­united.

Res­i­dent Tommy, 84, saw wife of 55 years Isa.

Isa said: “I was re­ally pleased to see Tommy af­ter four months.

“It was good and he looked well and seemed happy.

“Even if it’s just one visit a week, it’s keep­ing us in con­tact and lets him know I’m here.”

Keep­ing loved ones con­nected has been a key fo­cal point for care homes since the start of the pan­demic, with Re­nais­sance Care pur­chas­ing iPads for each of its 15 homes.

The vis­its are in line with a six-fig­ure in­vest­ment sum from care home vet­eran Robert Kil­gour for new equip­ment aimed at eas­ing safety con­cerns for the out­door meet­ings.

As well as fur­ther in­creas­ing stocks of PPE across the group, Robert is kit­ting out each of its care homes with state-of-the-art tem­per­ahis

Robert said: “This is a sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment on our part, but it is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial in help­ing to en­sure our res­i­dents and their rel­a­tives feel con­fi­dent in safety dur­ing vis­its.”

Percy Mann, the 102-year-old who be­came a Tik Tok star ear­lier in the coro­n­avirus lock­down, inset, also had a visit.

He was thrilled to see his daugh­ter Doreen.

Doreen said: “I thought the visit was re­ally good and it was great to see my dad.

“I think my dad re­ally en­joyed it. “It’s not a long time and you can tell it’s a lot of work for the staff but it was good to see him I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

Robert added: “In 30 years of work­ing in the so­cial care sec­tor, I have never been more proud to be a part of such a great work­force who have fought so bravely.”

Nor­man and San­dra were re­united out­doors, main pic­ture, af­ter cel­e­brat­ing their 55th wed­ding an­niver­sary sep­a­rated by a win­dow, left; res­i­dent Isa en­joyed her­self, right

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