While the government had announced a relaxation of the rules for visiting nursing homes, the still very strict health protocol prompted several establishments to give up celebrating Mother's Day. 


For many residents of retirement homes, Mother's Day will be celebrated without their loved ones on Sunday. Whereas the government had announced a relaxation of the rules put in place in the Ehpad since the beginning of the epidemic of coronavirus, with for example the authorization of the visit of more than two people outside the rooms or the authorization of the presence of children under certain conditions, the protocol remains so strict, that many establishments preferred to give up this celebration, as in Saint-Ouen, where Europe 1 went. 

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The nursing staff at the Ehpad would have liked to give Odette the gift of exceptionally authorizing visits this weekend. But the resident's son will not be able to come. "Mother's Day, it's usually a day to celebrate. I would love to spend it with him," she regrets at the microphone of Europe 1. "Usually, he offers me flowers, a gift, and my granddaughter gives me pictures that she has colored. It will hurt him too, if he can't come to see me. It would make me cry, "she says. again.

"We don't have the necessary staff"

For the residents and their families, the frustration is all the greater since they heard that the visiting rules were going to change. The director of the nursing home, Eve Guillaume, must therefore explain to them, reluctantly that this relaxation is not enough to manage the influx that would have caused Mother's Day. "Today, this weekend, we do not have anyone at the reception, which is closed. We do not have the necessary staff that allows us to be able to ensure the protection of residents and good security for the event these visits, "she says. Thus, "even if we could have reopened these visits on Sunday, it would have been on slots reserved in advance, and only three or four families could have come," she insists.  


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To mark the occasion, loved ones can place bouquets of flowers at the entrance of the Ehpad. They will be given to residents on Sunday.