Carly got engaged over the weekend. This is how she shared the news with her grandfather.

Over the weekend, nursing student Carly Boyd got engaged.

She was delighted and immediately shared the good news with her friends and family, but there was one special person she couldn’t tell straight away: Her grandfather.

Her grandfather has dementia, and is one of the millions around the world in aged care facilities and assisted living facilities.

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But Boyd didn’t let social distancing and self-isolation due to COVID-19, of which elderly and those who are immunocompromised and have pre-existing conditions are at high risk, stop her from telling her grandfather about her engagement.

With the help of staff at her grandfather’s North Carolina living centre, Boyd arranged to visit her grandfather.

Through his bedroom window.

Showing up outside his room, Boyd pointed to her ring resulting in this sweet moment, captured by a worker inside the facility:

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Image: Reddit.

Speaking to local media organisation KOLD, as reported by CNN, Boyd said the visit was "very special".

"I just put my hand on the window, and he put his there too. I just told him I love him, and he said, 'I love you, too, and I hope to see you soon,' like really see you'."

Like Boyd, others worldwide are worried about visiting their grandparents, parents or partners in aged care facilities.

On Tuesday, Channel 9 spoke to Melbourne woman Satura Haire who usually visits her mother, who is dying of aggressive brain cancer, every morning at her facility.

However, the facility has restricted access to visitors, leaving Haire worried about seeing her mother and fearing she could rapidly deteriorate.

"I've been told no visitors," she told 9News. "She has declined quite a bit since October. It's all going to change when she can't see me."

Meanwhile, aged care workers have been sharing touching photos of family members visiting aged care residents through windows and glass to keep their older family members safe.

Minnesota woman Sandy Hamilton shared a photo of a father sitting in an armchair inside his room, while his son Charlie Johnson sat outside as they spoke to each other on the phone.

Sandy, who got consent to share the photo, wrote on Facebook that her assisted living workplace is in lockdown but the son comes every day to see his dad and talk through the phone.

The image has been shared more than 800,000 times, with many commenting that the image inspired them to do the same outside their family member's windows.

Many others have been sharing their reunions, through glass windows or screens, on social media.



On Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced new restrictions for visiting aged care facilities.

Anyone who has been overseas or who has had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days will be banned from visiting, and aged care facilities will be limited to two visitors at a time.

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