Love through a glass pane
Barcelona's Centre Parc nursing home
is helping elderly residents
safely interact with loved ones
They can blow kisses, give virtual hugs
and even speak through mobile phones
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HEAD OF CENTRE PARC NURSING HOME, EDUARDO BADIA, 47, SAYING:
"The idea was very welcomed because it allows families to visit when they know their parents or grandparents are in this room. They come without time restrictions, they can speak and interact. It reduces the residents’ sadness and gives families a sense of security because they can see them. They no longer see a screen, a small square, they get to really see how their family member is doing."
The window visits have even allowed
one resident to form a bond
with a four-legged passer-by
(SOUNDBITE) (Catalan) BARCELONA RESIDENT, ANTONI, 70, SAYING:
"We walk the dog every morning, and one day there was a lady who caught the dog's attention. After that, a bond was created. I would say a very human bond, very tender. Every day we bring the dog to the glass front, she tries to talk to the dog and it is very beautiful. The subject is so simple and so great."