The Banjoman was only at his care home for seven and a half months so I wanted to be sure that he was being well looked after, I was learning about the place and it’s people. I was always happy with his care and was always made to feel welcome.I have got used to making appointments during the pandemic but would value being able to just drop in as I used to eg when coming back from a bike ride or when spare time becomes available at short notice. I would also like more opportunities to mix with the other residents and staff as I found that made for a more enjoyable visit. I remain hopeful that these things will return in time. The staff that I have spoken to seem to agree.
Unless there has been an outbreak I have never been told that I can't visit, although sometimes have needed to change my proposed time. I would not go so far as to say either that it is like visiting a prison (I have never done so but would imagine rather stricter measures) or that staff can refuse my request without good reason. I know all the staff well enough to have a chat over the phone when making arrangements and when I see them at the home. I haven't found any evidence that suggests that I need to drop in to catch them out in some way. I have never been made to feel unwelcome, in fact quite the reverse. Maybe I am naive or just lucky.
hello KPHFinding it tricky to navigate care home visiting rules/restrictions at present. Outbreak in relatives care home at present. Having to make difficult decision to stay away due to clinical vulnerability and other relatives increased risks. Have been offered outside visit but relative is constantly wanting to 'go somewhere' so agree with home relative may become more agitated by moving through the home to outside space. Think it's very hard for the staff - massive pressures with staff and residents testing positive. No easy answers i'm afraid.
Totally agreeHospitals and care homes are doing precisely as they please and it has nothing whatsoever to do with government guidelines. It’s all to do with money, specifically insurance. Care home owners will not risk being sued for a potentially disastrous situation involving multiple infections (and/or possible deaths within the home). Therefore, despite the fact that their employees come and go at will, their patients or residents are treated as prisoners, ostensibly for their own ‘safety’. They have absolutely no regard whatsoever for the people they care for, or their families. (I emphasise that this is big business, not the foot soldiers on the ground). Sadly, despite publicity and public campaigns, it seems little has changed since the first lockdown in March 2020. Our government is not interested. Unless ‘guidelines’ can be changed into ‘legislation’, I don’t see how anything will improve. As for the NHS, that’s a lost ball of confusion.
Looking at the latest published government information re testing it states that most visitors to social care settings will not be required to test ! https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-next-steps-for-living-with-covid