Assisted living home builds hugging booth for residents amid coronavirus pandemic

Wearing shoulder-length gloves, Kitty Hunt stuck her arms through two holes of a large plastic wall and embraced her mother.

“I was just tickled to death,” Hunt said with emotion. “Touch just goes beyond words.”

Hunt, who lives in Hoschton, said her visit to The Oaks at Braselton on Friday, Aug. 28, marked the first time she has held her 97-year-old mother since March. The assisted living facility closed its doors to visitors during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and only started offering socially distanced outdoor visits in August.