'Hug tent' provides safe embraces at Colorado elderly home

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Feb 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 17:14:28-05

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Residents at an assisted living center near Denver are getting a taste of what life was like before the coronavirus pandemic. Sort of.

Thanks to a “hug tent" set up outside the suburban facility, residents could embrace and hold hands with their families this week.

Visitors were separated by construction-grade plastic. But they could hug through built-in sleeves attached by embroidery hoops.

It wasn't ideal, but visitors and staff say the benefits are clear. A spokeswoman for the center says some residents haven't had physical contact with their families in almost a year, and a simple hug was like "a huge weight off their shoulders."