Hugging Mawmaw: After a year of isolation, nursing home residents finally embrace loved ones

Tears filled Courtney Reed’s eyes last week as she waited outside the Jennings nursing home where her great-grandmother lives.

The tears streamed down Reed’s cheeks a few minutes later as she embraced Vivian Fontenot, 101, for the first time in more than a year.

“Never in my life have I been this long without touching my Mawmaw,” Reed said. “You don’t know how hard it was to only see her from behind a window.”