Families reunite at Chicago nursing home after year-long closure due to pandemic

After more than a year of isolation, a hug is more than a simple gesture — it’s also a reminder of intimacy.

Vigilance and vaccinations are two reasons families at Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care in North Riverside are reuniting for the first time in months, community president Gus Noble says.

On Thursday, WGN cameras captured a year-in-the-making moment between father and daughter.

“We get to hug! Yay!” said Carolyn Engleman to her 90-year-old dad Monty. “Do I really get to hug?” he responded. “Yes! We’re allowed to do this now! Yay!” Engleman replied.