February 7th In the face of the epidemic, a nursing home in Colorado has set up a “hug tent” for elderly people to have safe physical contact with relatives.
According to the Associated Press, a woman named Lynda Hartman said that the “hug tent” set up in Louisville allowed her to hug her 77-year-old husband, Len, who has dementia, again after an interval of eight months.
Although Hartman wore a plastic sleeve and was separated by a transparent plastic barrier of 4mm thick, the 75-year-old said after a brief visit, “I really need it”.
Anna Hostetter, a spokeswoman for the auxiliary nursing home that set up the “hug tent”, said: “I think such a hug can reduce people’s worries and fill the spiritual gap.
When we were planning and installing this ‘hug tent’, I was not sure if I could make people feel real contact with these plastic products. But when I saw some of these photos, I cried. I think it’s really special for our family.”
According to U.S. media, similar tents have appeared all over the United States and Brazil, the United Kingdom and other places under the epidemic, and some people also call them “hugging curtains”.