A husband was filmed serenading his wife with dementia whose face “lit up” after three months apart.
Michael Ronan was unable to see his wife, Maura, on the weekly visits to her care home after it closed to visitors to stop the spread of coronavirus.
But Maura was given a heartwarming surprise when Michael turned up for a visit and played the accordion for her – something he has done for her throughout their 40 years of marriage.
Maura, who struggles communicate through words,was seen sitting in an armchair in the sunshine as sh listened to Michael play, with a staff member gently rocking her arms to dance.
Doting husband Michael says visiting the care home and playing her music is a way of ‘keeping the love between them’.
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Staff at the St Joseph’s care home in Dublin, Ireland, said her face “lit up” at seeing her husband, reports Journal.ie.
Siobhan Grant, manager of the home, said: “Everyone here has dementia, so there have been all those usual anxieties of ‘wil they recognise me?’.
“Michael came in, his wife Maura is in the later stages of ementia and he brought his accordion with him.
“He says his wife has been listening to him play the accordion for 40 years so it’s his way of keeping that love between them.
“I witnessed them meeting for the first time a few minutes ago and she can’t express herself with words that are distinguishable anymore, but she was trying to say hello and her eyes lit up when he stated playing”.
The home has reopened subject to social distancing.
Visitors must also now book an allotted 30 minute time slot online to visit their loved ones.
Facemasks must also be worn and areas are cleaned down by staff before the next visitor is permitted in.
In good weather, staff said visits will be conducted outside where possible.