Netherlands: Nursing home uses glassed cart to keep elderly in touch with relatives

A nursing home in the Dutch city of Vlaardingen has been using a glassed cart for family visits which were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Footage filmed on Tuesday shows a relative visiting his mother as well as the workshop where the so-called «Come-visit» cart is being made. «This is the first time I use this cart and it is a very nice way to meet my mother again. The distance is much closer, you don't give each other a hand or a hug but it is much better than outside from the window. Yes, it's a very good idea to come next to your relatives,» said Cor van Leijden who visited his mother. Nick van Balen who came up with the cart said his company delivered more than 30 such mobile boxes in less than two months. «If we stop delivering these carts it will mean that the coronavirus is gone and that would be awesome. It's a thing that everyone wants, but as long as it is there, we want to provide a solution for people who are not able to visit their loved ones,» said van Balen. Visiting family members in nursing homes in the Netherlands was suspended since March 20 as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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