Rights For Residents
A campaign to end the current inhumane restrictions to visiting loved ones in care homes.
Residents Lost to Isolation
From the beginning of the pandemic to May 2021, 173,974 care home residents died in England and Wales (according to ONS figures). Of these, 42,341 deaths involved Covid 19. However, the overwhelming majority of the 173,974 died having spent their last months, weeks and days alone.
Families who have lost loved ones after months of enforced separation have been left with an unbearable legacy of guilt, as they were unable to comfort them at the end. We must give people legal rights that prevent this tragedy from ever happening again.
Please support our campaign to end the cruel and unnecessary violation of fundamental rights under the Human Rights Act 1988 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Inequality and Discrimination
On 19th July all Covid restrictions were lifted for every citizen living in England. We are now free to manage our own risks as the Government insist we learn to live with the virus.
Despite being the first group to be fully vaccinated, care home residents are denied the same rights.
No freedom for those without a voice
Did you know that after seventeen long and torturous months many of those living in care homes and other care settings are still denied any meaningful contact with their loved ones? In response to the demands of campaigners, the Government have published guidance that recognises the importance of visits to the mental health and well being of those previously isolated in care. However, many homes refuse to implement the official guidance.
Despite clear instructions that care homes must now enable meaningful visits, many continue to impose blanket policies that limit their residents to one 20 or 30 minute visit, by appointment only, every two or three weeks. The Government refuse to make the Guidance legally enforceable and there are no penalties for care homes that refuse to implement it.
We now have robust infection control measures, including vaccines and yet Public Health England and many care home owners continue to view relatives solely as a source of potential infection, ignoring the huge benefits they bring to the well being of their loved ones.
Behind Closed Doors
Many thanks to all those who contributed to our Behind Closed Door film
Soundtrack. It’s hard to believe that ten months after producing this film the situation remains unchanged for many. (Performed & Written by Izzy Ryder | Poetry – Behind Closed Doors Written & Performed By Diane Mayhew | Graphics & Video – Rob Steele).
Right Here Waiting
After seventeen months thousands of residents living in care settings are still locked away from those they love…This song (recorded in December 2020) 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.