Glass pods are being installed in the grounds of 47 Sanctuary Care homes to allow residents to continue see their loved ones safely face-to-face.

The pods, which are being fitted in homes without designated internal visiting areas, will be complete with protective screens, seating and heater to allow families to talk comfortably.

Residents have been able to see their loved ones through socially distanced outdoor, drive through and window visits in the homes during recent months, but with colder weather setting in the pods offer a safe and warm environment for face-to-face visiting to take place.

The specialist pods have separate entrance and exit points for residents and their family members. Once inside, a Perspex screen provides the necessary Covid secure environment and a hearing loop allows for easy communication.

Location of the pods in the gardens means that visitors do not need to travel through shared areas within the home. With vinyl flooring and a PVCu and glass construction they are also easy to clean between visits.

Safe visiting remains in place across Sanctuary’s other care homes with designated indoor visiting areas for residents and family members to meet.

Sarah Clarke-Kuehn, Sanctuary Group Director – Care, said: “We recognise the mental health impact of the coronavirus lockdown and how it is difficult for our residents if they not able to see their loved ones in person.

“By offering this long-term visiting solution, residents can continue to see their family members in a safe and private environment which will be a boost to their wellbeing.

“As well as the safe visiting options, we will continue to enrich residents’ lives through home activities and support to stay connected to their loved ones.”

The pods have been supplied and installed by Nordic Garden Buildings, a company specialising in creating outdoor living spaces.