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Its ridiculous, they may think they protecting them, but they are not, they are slowly killing them, as will die much sooner of other illnesses bought on by loneliness and no interaction with family, I just dispair with stupid rules and,stupid peopleThat's a bit of a hot topic at the moment, @bensusu . Some care homes have allowed only outdoor distanced visits (with masks) for a while, a few seem to have managed to allow indoor distanced visits (with masks) recently, some have allowed only window visits (with masks, although goodness knows why you need a mask for a window visit), some have not allowed any visits. Some which were allowing some visits are now not allowing any visits. I haven't seen my mum since March. Her care home were allowing outdoor visits with masks for a while but have now closed to visitors altogether as a precaution.
Thank you for the information, I just feel so helpless and down about it all xNo worries @Kellyr , I'm like that too, and I notice that @nitram has posted a link, thanks for that. I quite agree @bensusu , it's so cruel.
If you haven't done so there is a Facebook group Rights For Residents , where they have lots of suggestions about what you can do to get publicity for the in humane visiting restrictions, and hopefully get the Government to do something to facilitate indoor visits.
If you don't do Facebook you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
They have template letters to support people in emailing their MP, Matt Hancock etc
So sorry to hear @Sirena that your mum's care home hasn't done garden or window visits so it has been such a long time since you saw your mum.
I was lucky to see my mum in her care home garden over the summer when the weather was good, and no need to wear ppe as it was outside . I have booked a visit for next week , but have told the manager it is too cold for her outside so it will have to be a window visit. I suppose I should consider myself "fortunate" that mum's room is on the ground floor.
It sounds like your mum's care home has worked hard to provide a solution that will mean indoor visits can go ahead.
I still hope the government will provide testing as I feel this will be the only safe way I can hold her hand and hug her (as staff can do) . I can't bear the thought of not being able to do this for at least a further 6 months, mum may not make it until then, with our frail, elderly , nobody knows.
@anxious annie yes it is BBC breakfast.Yes @Hazara8 , definitely protection for all. There has to be a balance taking all aspects into account, not just the current government focus on physical health. The WHO ( no, not the pop group!) defined health as ..... a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or other physical impairment.
I like to visit , as this brings my mum comfort and pleasure. I wouldn't want to bring harm to her, or any of the other residents in her care home by doing this, which is why I appeal to the government to help all care homes facilitate indoor visits safely.
Great publicity by rights for residents @Baker17 . Is this BBC Breakfast? Fingers crossed it goes ahead.