Bosses at a residential care home were told to cancel plans to use a cherry picker aerial platform to let relatives chat to loved ones on upper floors.
A cherry picker was delivered and, according to the care home, insurance was in place and a trained operator was ready to deliver visitors up, up and away.
Lots of relatives had signed up – including at least one who admitted to being scared of heights – but the care home had to pull the plug at the 11th hour after concerns were raised about lockdown guidelines being broken.
A spokesman for the Dudley Hill care home, which has 92 beds, apologised to relatives for cancelling the event at such short notice.
The spokesman said concerns had been raised by Bradford Council about the proximity of the cherry picker operator and the person being lifted up.
A care home spokesman told YorkshireLive that the council had also pointed out that the visits would be seen as ‘non-essential travel’.
“Bradford Council put a stop to it due to it being deemed non-essential travel and as the operator has to attach the harness it is breaching social distancing rules.
“We will hopefully have an alternative solution which we will announce.”
Relatives who had been looking forward to a proper face-to-face chat with loved ones said the care home staff were doing their best in difficult circumstances.
Wendy Garthwaite Rayner, whose mum Denise lives on the top floor at the care home, said she thought it was a “fabulous idea” which would cheer up her mum.
After being told the cherry picker event had been cancelled, Wendy said it was important to be patient and to follow guidelines.
“I get to see mum via FaceTime when the staff get the chance. But there’s lots of residents, so lots of families to ring round.
“But every time I’ve seen her via FaceTime she looks well and seems happy. So it’s just a case of being patient and following guidelines now.”
Source: Examiner Live