PHOTOS: Senior care facility builds 'Arms of Love' to allow COVID safe hugs

Plexiglass and vinyl gloves allow a mother and daughter to embrace

Beth Coghlan
September 08, 2020 - 3:00 pm
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COLUMBIA, IL (KMOX) - A mother and daughter were able to safely hug in a COVID safe way, thanks to the Arms of Love.

It's a plexiglass booth with vinyl gloves created by a senior care facility in Columbia, Ill.

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There was an outbreak of COVID-19 at Garden Place Senior Living earlier this year.  There were 38 cases back in the spring and 11 residents died.

arms of love
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

arms of love
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

After that, residents were confined to their rooms.  The facility hasn't reported any more cases since April.

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The executive director and her husband thought up the contactless hug contraption after seeing residents who missed physical contact so badly.

arms of love
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)
arms of love
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

arms of love
(Bill Greenblatt/UPI)

Hugs need to be scheduled and the Arms of Love will be sanitized between each embrace.

When Arms of Love was finished, there was a big car parade with fire trucks all driving past the facility to say hello to the residents.

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