Jewish Care home residents receive visits from designated relatives

09 Mar 2021

Today is the first day that residents in Jewish Care homes have been able to hold hands with their loved ones since the start of the pandemic, almost a year ago.

Nina Doltis, who is a resident at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House in Friern Barnet, is among the first residents to receive a designated visitor. She was finally able to hold her daughter, Jacky's, hand again.

Nina has 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, who they talked about on the visit. After sitting with Jacky and holding her hand after such a long time, Nina said, "It's lovely and overwhelming," and Jacky added, “It's very emotional. I greatly missed seeing my Mum."

Norma Nash who lives at Jewish Care’s Anita Dorfman House at Sandringham, has two daughters, Amanda and Debra and three grandchildren. When Norma found out that Amanda was coming to visit, she said, “I must put my make up on!”; before her visit to her mum, Amanda Patashnik said “When I had my vaccine I cried with relief. I’m so excited see Mum, it’s been a year and we are all so close. The pod visits were amazingly well-organised, but it was sad - it’s not the same speaking through a monitor and a sheet of glass. It’s a blessing to see her.”

Adrienne Cinna visited her mum, Sheila Cohen, who moved into Jewish Care’s Kun Mor & George Kiss Home in November. They called Adrienne’s brother Ian, who lives in Newcastle on the iPad during the call so they could have a three-way conversation. After the visit, Adrienne said, “I feel better now I’ve seen Mum. I can see the visit’s made an enormous difference to her. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the staff for making Mum feel so welcome and at home there, for acting responsibly and giving us the first opportunity for this visit, I really appreciate it.”

Jewish Care Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown says, “We are delighted that these visits can begin now and look forward to welcoming many more designated visitors as they reunite with their loved ones in the coming days and weeks.”