Despite having no indication of any upcoming visits from family members, residents at the home took the time to speak with cameras from Channel 9 program, A Current Affair, and recount just how hard the last four months of lockdown has been.
“It’s been very hard,” expressed resident, Margaret.
Fellow resident Patricia echoed those sentiments when thinking about how much she has missed her family during lockdown.
“It makes you feel a bit teary at times,” said Patricia.
As the unsuspecting residents talked to cameras about the difficulty of lockdown, their family members secretly waited downstairs to deliver a much-needed boost of happiness.
As an A Current Affair camera moved downstairs, excited family members spoke about the difficulties of being unable to see their loved ones during lockdown.
“You just never know how much longer you have left, so to be away from them at this stage of their life for such a long period is really difficult,” said one family visitor.
“My mum’s memory is going, so I think that we’ve seen her forget us over the last few months, which is really sad.”
With the formalities out of the way, residents made their way into the lounge area of the aged care home for what they believed to be nothing more than another day of lockdown.
However, as overjoyed family visitors began streaming through the door, the smiles on residents’ faces indicated that this day was indeed a special one.
“It’s so great to see you mum,” said resident Miriam’s son Scott as he wrapped his arms around his ecstatic mum.
As tearful disbelief began to sweep across the room, a resident named Pam who had not yet had any visitors, felt as though her chances of receiving a hug from family were dwindling.
Thankfully, Pam’s sadness quickly went from shock to happiness as her son burst through the door and wrapped his arms around his teary-eyed mother.
“I thought I was left out because everyone else was in here, and I thought, ‘Ohh, what about me?’” shared Pam.
“That was wonderful,” said Pam’s son, when describing the feeling of being reunited with his mother.
“What a great day.”