Social distancing has a strange way of bringing us closer together.
Tommy Ferris of Yate, England, is among the millions staying home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While quarantine has been hard, he said it’s also been a blessing in disguise. He has Jean Preece, his grandma, to thank for that!
He moved in with Jean so he could care for her after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Then the novel coronavirus hit, and their daily routines started to look very different. Because of the 81-year-old’s condition, she doesn’t know about the pandemic, although she’s sure something is wrong because her relatives haven’t been over to visit.
As for Tommy, dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty by himself has been difficult. Thankfully, self-isolation hasn’t been too bad because it’s helped the two of them develop a closer bond.
Before, Tommy said, “There would be times when I would sit in my room and watch Netflix, as opposed to sitting next to her and having a conversation.” But now they do everything together, from styling Jean’s hair to dancing in the living room!
“It’s allowing me to realize that I have purpose here,” he added.
Not only is he brightening his grandma’s days, but she’s also helping him. Tommy has struggled with depression for years and says living with Jean has been therapeutic.
“Doing something great for somebody else can bring forth the light at the end of a dark tunnel,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’m proof.”
We’re so happy these two have each other to lean on, especially in this uncertain season! Even in a time of crisis, we can find joy by connecting with each other.
See more of Tommy and Jean’s sweet relationship in the video below, and share the love with your friends. For more stories of joy and hope, check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard.
Self-isolating with someone who has Alzheimer's can be hard. Tommy is doing a wonderful thing ❤️
Posted by BBC on Thursday, April 2, 2020
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