Thanks @canary @Louise7 and @lemonbalm - I'm new to forums and it feels great to have some help with this dilemma that plagues me daily.Welcome to the forum @Fi Cole The current situation is hard for everyone with relatives in care homes but updated guidance on visitors being allowed to visit inside care homes is due very soon - within the next few days according to Matt Hancock. I can understand that bringing your mum home will be better for you in terms of not having to speak through a window but as you have said yourself, you will be increasing her risk of infection, plus any change of surroundings can be very stressful for someone with dementia. Also, your mum is currently being looked after by a team of people so you'd need to think very carefully about how you would manage her care on your own, particularly at a time when it may be quite difficult to get a suitable care package put in place. It's worth waiting for a little while longer to see what the updated guidance says before making a decision.
Fingers crossed for you. At the moment I can visit mum for an hour a week in the garden, from 2 meters away. She can't walk but just to be able to push her around the garden in her chair to look at the flowers but be lovely.If I'm able to become a key worker through the new guidelines, I wonder if I might (with care) be allowed to take her out for a walk around a nearby lake, which I know is what she's yearning to do.
I understood that the current proposal is to designate people wanting to visit somebody in a care home as essential (key) workers meaning they could apply for a test, includes self test at home with supplied kit.I don't know how you get a test if you have no symptoms
I understood that the current proposal is to designate people wanting to visit somebody in a care home as essential (key) workers meaning they could apply for a test, includes self test at home with supplied kit.
End of July makes some sense as that is when shielding is scheduled to be paused, there are likely to be many people shielding in a car home.