Families who have been affected by the care legislation will march in protest.

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Families who have been affected by the care legislation will march in protest.

Families who are distraught will march on Downing Street next month to protest the largest social care crisis in history. Thousands of people who were barred from seeing loved ones in care homes are requesting new legal rights to do so, in an attempt to stop the complete control that providers exercised during the pandemic.

Rights for Residents was formed by campaigners Jenny Morrison and Diane Mayhew. More than 300,000 people have signed the petition, and actress Ruthie Henshall has also joined the cause.

Jean’s Law is the name of the group’s proposed legislation, which is named after Jenny’s mother, who died last week in a care facility where she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“Through the months of solitude, her physical and mental health deteriorated rapidly, and she became a shell of her former self,” Jenny said of Jean. Her family grieved for months for someone who was still living.

“She worked hard her entire life, sometimes juggling multiple jobs at the same time, to provide us with the necessities.

“Yet, near the end of her life, the government repaid her efforts by isolating her from the people she loved the most.

“Like hundreds of others, I’m now saddled with an intolerable burden of shame that will follow me for the rest of my life.

“We ask the public to join us in our campaign to alter the legislation so that every care home patient has the legal right to name at least one essential care giver who can visit them at any time.”

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