A ‘ZOOM room’ has been set-up at a Keighley care home to enable residents to see and speak to family members.

The facility at Herncliffe was launched in conjunction with Dementia Friendly Keighley.

Support was provided through the Dementia Inequalities Partnership, funded by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.

Resident Helen Harper was the first to use the facility.

Her niece, Alison Polydor, said: “We really enjoyed talking to Auntie Helen and appreciate Dementia Friendly Keighley’s approach to finding a solution to the heartbreaking situation of not seeing loved ones for months. It was lovely to actually see Auntie Helen.”

Herncliffe manager, Mary Harrison, said the resource was “much needed”.

She added: “This contact is so important. I am very proud of our staff for supporting the idea and thank the Dementia Inequalities Partnership for the funding.”

Dementia Friendly Keighley manager, Julie Lintern, said: “We are glad we’ve been able to provide a resource that will help residents talk to and see their families.”