Brazilian Care-Home Invented ‘Hug Tunnels’ For Residents, Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic
The idea of the ‘hug tunnel’ emerged shortly after Mother’s Day, when the facility staff noticed the senior residents feeling low in the wake of the pandemic-induced physical distancing.
The facility which is home to 28 senior residents, got the inspiration of this invention when Ms. Brito of the facility saw a video of a woman using a plastic curtain to hug her mother.
They then created these ‘hug tunnels’ made of large plastic sheets. These plastic sheets are designed with four plastic arm holes attached to one of the care facility's entrances. Through these arm holes visitors to the care home could hug and hold their loved ones without coming in direct contact with them.
To make this safer, the ‘hug tunnel’ visits was being scheduled ahead of time and the entire area was disinfected every 30 minutes to ensure complete safety for the residents and visitors.
Though not as good as a real hug, these ‘hug tunnels’ definitely made the residents happier and let their loved ones visit them.