I really feel your pain! I can currently see my Mum in the garden but the new guidelines have actually made things worse/more complicated. Youre right, each resident should get an individual risk assesment but because this is all guidance, not rules, I think the carehomes can ultimately decide if they want to do this or not and its probably easier for them to apply a one size fits all approach which is not right. Maybe if enough pple contact their local MP, there might be some changes...good luckThanks to the government’s announcement I have had friends messaging me to say how wonderful it is that I will finally get to see my father in his care home now.
This is causing me even more heartache as I am having to explain that nothing has changed and although garden and window visits are allowed (which they were before this announcement) they are not possible because of my father’s advanced dementia.
There had been talk of allowing one person to have ‘key worker’ status. If one nominated person was allowed to visit even once a week (or fortnight!) but could actually go into their bedroom to see them and touch them (with gloves - like a care worker!) it would benefit the dementia sufferer enormously.
Surely for the residents that have not been able to see any visitors so far they need to do an individual assessment to find a way that visiting may be possible.
I know safety has to be the priority and I think the care homes have done an absolutely wonderful job during this very difficult time.
We now have to remember that most residents are elderly and part of the joy of life is seeing your loved ones.