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Moms in B.C. seniors’ homes won't receive Mother's Day hugs amid virus

Last Updated May 10, 2020 at 8:44 am PDT

(Courtesy: Google Maps, Shannon Oaks)
Summary

If your mom is at a senior's home, you won't be able to give her a Mother's Day hug

If you do want to visit your mom -- in person -- you can do so from a distance

B.C.'s Health Minister has made it clear, COVID-19 restrictions need to remain in place

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Because of COVID-19, there will be no hugs for many mothers around the Lower Mainland on Mother’s Day Sunday.

If you want to visit a loved one in a seniors’ home, you’ll need to get creative as visitors are still not being allowed inside.

Gillian Fullerton, Sales and Marketing Manager for Shannon Oaks, a retirement community in Vancouver, suggests if you would like to connect with your mom, you will need to do it virtually.

“We will take out the iPad and connect, if they can, to family members,” she says.

Fullerton adds, “We have a portal that they can have access to family and friends. We’ll be doing that with Zoom.”

She also suggests you can park in the driveway and talk from there.

Fullerton admits nothing can replace physical intimacy.

“I think as we age, we need it even more because we don’t have the people around us to give us the hug,” she says.

Fullerton says Shannon Oaks has about 165 residents and 70 per cent are women.

An outbreak has not hit the Shannon Oaks retirement home.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday the risk remains too high to relax restrictions in long-term care homes.

“These are very challenging times for residents, for staff and for the families of people in long-term care. We are with you and we will continue to work on this issue,” he said.

“We know [this is] one of the many times when people get together. We know that every day is difficult when we can’t visit our parents or our grandparents or our friends.”