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27th Jun, 2022

Care home resident Doreen meets new great-granddaughter for first time - and she's already standing up!

Catherine Vonledebur 22nd Sep, 2020 Updated: 22nd Sep, 2020

91-YEAR-OLD care home resident Doreen Taylor has met her new great-granddaughter for the very first time since she was born pre-lockdown.

In what was an emotional surprise garden visit Doreen, a resident at Fountains care home in Shirley, Solihull, was overjoyed to meet seven-month-old baby Sophia Rose – who is already standing on her feet!

She said: “It was such a fantastic surprise as I had no idea who was coming and it was so lovely to watch Sophia Rose for the first time and already playing with her toys.”

Her grand-daughter Rachel Taylor, from Sutton in Ashfield gave birth to Sophia Rose on February 27, just before the coronavirus lockdown.

Doreen and other residents of the home have been limited to meeting family in the garden once a week to keep them safe during the crisis.

General Manager Sonia Tenniswood said: “We have used technology and initiative to do everything we can to keep families connected through lockdown while keeping everyone absolutely safe. Our residents have embraced the technology and we are now making plans to make garden visits possible when we can through the winter months.

“The safety of residents and staff comes first of course but we have all had a lot of fun through it all despite the restrictions.”

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