Rights For Residents
A campaign to end the current inhumane restrictions to visiting loved ones in care homes.
Residents Lost to Isolation
According to the CQC 128,000 care home residents died in the period 17/04/20 to 23/04/2021. Of those 28,942 were related to Covid. However, all 128,000 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 from 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.
“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’s the problem?
After thirteen 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. Some care homes refuse to implement Government Visiting Guidance, imposing blanket policies that limit their residents to a 20 or 30 minute visit from one family member every two or three weeks. Currently there are no penalties for care homes that refuse to implement visits in line with Government instruction.
When the pandemic struck and care homes closed their doors last Spring families expected it to be a temporary solution, as we didn’t have the protection of PPE, tests and vaccines. Despite now having all of these infection control tools 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.
In response to the overly restrictive visiting policies placed on care home residents Jenny Morrison and Diane Mayhew started Rights for Residents in September 2021, as a way of mobilising those affected into actively campaigning on behalf of their loved ones whose voices can’t be heard.
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.