Before 2019, there was a wholly happy ending between the families. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Boris Johnson announced the first UK lowdown.
The lockdown lasted for two and a half years, although the domestic measures lasted for an additional seven months. Although the lockdown has been lifted, some British homecare homes still deny their citizens the privilege of visiting their elderly ones.
Owing to the age restrictions, grandchildren can't visit their grandparents. Some care homes grant visiting benefits to just a relative tagged as an "essential caregiver", as stipulated by the government in April.
Months after the easing of the lockdown ban, UK homes still uphold the COVID rules.
Support groups like the Relatives and Residents Association (R&RA) and Rights for Residents confirmed that they were denied the right to see their parents, wives, or husbands in a private room but rather in an area outside their homes.
Homes that grant visiting rights give time limits, and about 70% of elderly care homes have a lot of dementia patients. They need people around them to go about their daily activities.
This is why a lot of campaigns have been on for the elderly since the inception of the lockdown, as relatives are the best helpers in these cases. This was what the research from John's Campaign proved that these dementia patients communicate better with their behaviour.
One of the campaigns, The Rights for Residents, got the backing of Ruthie Henshall, an actress who lost her mother in May 2021. Her mother couldn't communicate with her properly as communication was barely done, as it was through Ruthie Henshall's mother.
Furthermore, in July, the committee postulated a bill to the legislature to grant exemption rights for the elderly and has still not gotten any response concerning it.
One of the Rights of Residents' participants, Diane Mayhew, said, in annoyance, that one of the New York care homes had three times denied people to visit their aged ones.
She went on to say that despite the acclaimed restrictions, these aged ones still assembled in one room for a sing-along and stated that this, of course, doesn't make sense.
In her remarks, Diane Mayhew said, "We're still being inundated with calls from people who are not getting the visits they should be getting." People are frightened to speak out. They can't afford for their relatives to be evicted."
"And sometimes the care is good, but they just want to see them. I don't know what we have to do to get people to wake up. Because one day this could be us in there.", she continued.
Another R& R executive, Helen Wildbore, added at their annual conference last week, saying, "As the country emerged from the pandemic, older people continued to be left behind," she said.
"Restrictions ended for the rest of the country, but people in care were the only ones living under COVID rules."
"Even today, we continue to hear from helpline clients who are prevented from visiting their loved ones during outbreaks. And our calls for the government to relax the universal face-mask rule in care settings have been dismissed, despite their causing distress, confusion, and hindering vital communication."
The co-founder of Rights for Residents, together with Mayhew, Jenny Morrison, also said: "Our campaign to get the government to change its stance was a success. But now the government is saying there are no restrictions, and it's not working.
Unless the government steps in to tackle these rogue care homes, I don't see how this will stop. Unless the government imposes some kind of sanction, then people are going to continue to be isolated. "
When these restricting rights commenced, Amanda Hunter took her mom out of the care home and had been taking good care of her mom since then. After she did this, Amanda stated, "The care sector is broken."
She added, "The business model is shoestring care with skeleton staffing. If we want our relatives to be cared for, we need a different system. Not many people can afford to bring their loved ones home. I couldn't afford it, but I couldn't leave her there. "
Sadly, one of the victims of this practice, Hunter, was told that her mom had three weeks to live, and her care home wasn't helping matters either. There's hope that this practice will stop, but sadly, there's no particular timing.
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