Rights For Residents
A campaign to end the current inhumane restrictions to visiting loved ones in care homes.
Losing the Will to Live
Major charities including the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK have warned the Government of the “Hidden Catastrophe” happening in care homes as a result of deterioration in the mental and physical health of residents due to the restrictions on visits.
In an Open Letter to the Government they highlighted the cruel and unnecessary violation of their fundamental rights under the Human Rights Act 1988 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“All public bodies, including Government, local authorities and care home providers, have a legal duty not only to uphold people’s human rights but also to promote them – which in this particular case they are failing to do.
Family carers whose own mental health has been put at risk by the separation, should and must be able to, see, nurture and touch those they support, while of course following the same infection-control protocols as the paid carer”.
One Dementia Voice
9th July 2020
What We Want The Government To Do
Those in care homes and other care settings have been denied any meaningful contact with their loved ones since the pandemic struck at the beginning of March 2020. Jenny Morrison and Diane Mayhew started Rights for Residents to mobilise those affected into actively campaigning on behalf of those whose voices can’t be heard.
We want the Government to find a more humane and nuanced solution that balances the risk of contracting Covid-19 against the devastating mental and physical deterioration we are witnessing in our loved ones.
The only solution the Government has offered is to keep residents locked away like prisoners although they’ve committed no crime. The longer these vulnerable people spend locked away, the greater the risk of them dying in a pandemic of loneliness.
The Government claim that visiting restrictions are for the “protection” of residents but offer no guidelines to protect them from the devastating deterioration in their mental and physical health resulting from this deprivation of liberty.
Behind Closed Doors
Many thanks to all those who contributed to our Behind Closed Door film
Soundtrack – Performed & Written by Izzy Ryder | Poetry – Behind Closed Doors Written & Performed By Diane Mayhew | Graphics & Video – Rob Steele
Right Here Waiting
After nine months over 400,000 residents living in care settings are still locked away from those they love…This song is dedicated to all those still waiting to be reunited and in remembrance of those for whom it is too late.
Performed by George Gallagher
There are many ways you can help us, though donations and signing the petition. You may also be able to volunteer to help us or sponsor the campagin.