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This gay grandson caring for his grandmother with dementia during the coronavirus crisis is unbelievably wholesome

Josh Milton April 5, 2020
Tommy Ferris tows his grandmother's wheelchair on his sit-down lawnmower. (Screen capture via BBC)

Tommy Ferris tows his grandmother's wheelchair on his sit-down lawnmower. (Screen capture via BBC)

A gay grandson caring for his 81-year-old grandmother with dementia has documented his time spent in lockdown as Britain comes to grips with the coronavirus.

Tommy Ferris, 31, from Yate, Gloucestershire, recorded the tearjerking moments he shared with Nana Jean, from dancing together in the glow of living room lights to towing her wheelchair behind his sit-on mower.

As ordinary Britons wrestle in the throes of life under lockdown, some feeling paralysed and helpless, Jean has no idea about the coronavirus ratcheting up paranoia across the world.

In heartwarming footage, Ferris shows how he and Jean make do under stringent social distancing guidelines that protect Jean, who is vulnerable to the virus, the BBC reported.

Gay grandson cheers nan with dementia up as the coronavirus crisis continues. 

He can be seen dancing with Jean to George Strait’s “I Just Want To Dance With You” in one clip, and in another, Jean chugs white wine straight from the bottle by a campfire.

An eternal mood, to be honest.

Nana Jean, completely unaware of the coronavirus crisis, is suffering dementia. (Screen capture via BBC)
Nana Jean, completely unaware of the coronavirus crisis, is suffering dementia. (Screen capture via BBC)

Moreover, in another video reported by the Daily Mail, it shows Ferris serving up a meal cooked for Jean and then he had to remind her he’s never going to marry a woman because he’s gay.

“I could make a lot of women happy,” Tommy said in the clip. “I’m not marrying one though.”

“Why not?” Nana Jeans asks.

“Because I’m gay,” Tommy answers, adding: “We’re exactly the same as everyone else. Except we happen to fall in love with people who have the same thing in their pants as us.”

Jean wryly laughs away.

Tommy Ferris cooks, cares and dances with his grandmother, completely unaware of the coronavirus crisis bearing down on Britain. (Screen captures via Daily Mail)
Tommy Ferris cooks, cares and dances with his grandmother, completely unaware of the coronavirus crisis bearing down on Britain. (Screen captures via Daily Mail)

‘I was going out on a night out when I should have been with her.’

Ferris explained that lockdown measures have made him realise he didn’t spend enough time with his grandmother, and both their mental health have improved since spending more time together.

The hospitality worker said: “We should use this unique opportunity to connect on a deeper level with those we live with.

“Concentrate on bettering ourselves and improve our relationships with loved ones.

Laugh, smile and consider the idea that it’s possible that this virus is giving us a period in our lives that one day we could be grateful for. It’s been very rewarding – for me as well as her.

“I had been on anti-depressants for two years before – it’s been therapy for me. It’s been fantastic.

He added: “[The self-isolation] certainly made me look inside more and made me realise I was not spending enough time with her.

“I was going out on a night out when I should have been with her. It’s allowed me to go back to basics and look at what matters.”

 

More: Coronavirus, Coronavirus lockdown, COVID-19, dementia, England, gloucestershire, Tommy Ferris

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