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Quite right, I do the same when present, and ask the carers to the same when I am not there.I had a lot of problems getting my dad to eat. He would always say he would have it later but he wouldn't or he would just say he wasn't hungry even if he was.
Now I give him no choices, I just make his meal, put it on a tray and he eats it, every bit. Half hour later I give him his pudding, again no choices and he eats that too.
Unfortunately the guidance does advocate that it should always be one visitor and the same one each time. It is Draconian. It is just guidance not law but care homes are very much under pressure to follow it. So yes, one exclusive visitor. It is more akin to being in prison.The home is insisting on masks in the garden now whereas I didn't have to on my last visit (the new guidelines have made it worse ). I'm going back mid September to try again , think it will be inside, and just hoping they won't insist on just one family visiting each resident, as that would have to be my sister as she is local and goes weekly.
Maybe I have misunderstood the information and it means 1 visitor at a time, not one "exclusive" visitor?