Families of care home patients are furious as Covid refuses to leave the sector.
FAMILIES of care home residents have described the restrictions as a “national scandal” that will remain in place while they are lifted for the rest of society.
They are concerned that if the number of instances increases, the sites would be closed to visitors. The visitor cap in England will be abolished on Monday, but infection control precautions will remain in place, according to the government. Visitors and personnel should continue to wear personal protective equipment, with relatives being tested on a regular basis, according to the guidance. Residents who have been in the hospital will almost certainly be expected to isolate for another 14 days.
Relatives that spoke up were afraid of having their visiting rights revoked if they identified themselves or their loved one’s care.
Carol, from Huddersfield, says her 87-year-old mother has trouble recognizing her with a mask, yet she is required to wear one.
The 61-year-old is “furious” that limits in care homes will continue: “It’s a national scandal.” I’m completely terrified. How can it be allowed that they are the only ones who are still being cut off?”
Ministers are said to want to maintain limitations in place in homes to monitor the consequences of shifting to Step 4 of the normalization roadmap, with the goal of easing them in the following months.
They don’t seem to want masks to be used in care facilities on a permanent basis.
Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare, which operates 46 locations, has sent a warning to Health Secretary Sajid Javid, claiming that “previously protective measures are now causing harm to the wellness of care home residents.”
Dorothy, who was granted essential caregiver status after “endless battle” in order to visit her 89-year-old mother, feels that if the number of instances rises, facilities will be forced to close.
“I’d like a commitment that if caretakers and anybody else…take cases into the home, we, the families, will not be denied entry if we test negative,” the 60-year-old Londoner added.
“I don’t want my mother to die alone, which is what she will if we are barred out once more.”
Families are upset by the “basic unfairness” of controls, according to Julia Jones of the charity John’s Campaign: “Keeping somebody safe doesn’t mean closing them in and isolating them.”
That is dreadfully, dreadfully bad.”
The government was contacted for a response.