On 17th June, Sunrise of Frognal hosted a drive-through event so residents could safely reunite with their families. As the home has been closed for visitors since the UK lockdown in mid-March, families have relied on technology to see their loved ones.
26 families came to the drive-through visit, where residents were seated at the entrance of the home. The weather cleared up as families stayed in their cars and slowly paraded past the residents, spending quality time with them. Many families decorated their cars with amazing messages of love, bunting and posters.
Residents from all living accommodations at the home took part, including those living with dementia. One resident’s family had a very emotional reunion, as she called her daughter by name and recognised her even after three months in lockdown.
Residents and their families enjoyed prosecco and strawberries and there were many happy tears and smiles. Families were so grateful to finally see the residents in person. This ingenious solution also ensured plenty of social distance, as the safety of residents is always Sunrise of Frognal’s top priority.
Libby Hills, Daughter of a Resident said:
“I want to thank the team for organising the get together yesterday. It was fantastic to see mummy (looking so glam and well!) and gave us all a huge boost. The event was so well organised, and the bubbly was an added bonus!
“Please send our thanks to everyone at Sunrise of Frognal for this special event and for all your hard work in making it a memorable day for us all.”
Mel Boynton, Daughter of a Resident said:
“I didn’t think that a drive through visit with my mum would be the social event of my year, but so far, it has been!
“I really appreciate how much effort must have gone into the organisation, and think it’s great that the care home came together to make it possible for cars to arrive and process and allow families to see their loved ones again.
“Once on site, the car park at Sunrise of Frognal had a carnival feel. It was wonderful to see mum and the staff who continue to care for her. It must have taken so much effort and I thank you.
“Same time next week?”
Tanya Riding, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Frognal added:
“The weather pulled through for our fantastic event, after it had been torrential rain and lightning just an hour before. Everyone was so happy, and in many cases happy tears were shed
“We had many lovely comments from family about the event, but largely heartfelt thanks to our team for looking after their loved ones so well during the past three months.
“We know this visit meant so much to both residents and their families. We can’t wait to welcome them back properly when it is safe to do so.”