Rights For Residents

A campaign to end the current inhumane restrictions to visiting loved ones in care homes.

News from the Campaign 

In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement, that all Covid restrictions are to end in January, Rights for Residents are urging their supporters to call on MPs to demand Ministers extend these freedoms to care home residents.

The Government need to ensure care homes return to pre Covid, unrestricted visiting arrangements, without the need for appointments, limits on time, frequency or the number of visitors. We expect Ministers to  limit care home visiting guidance to outbreak management only and continue testing to mitigate risk

On 20th January, Health Secretary Sajid Javid acknowledged that the virus and future variants cannot be eradicated and stressed that “we must learn to live with Covid in the same way we live with flu”. Those living in care settings must be subject to these same freedoms and considerations as they have just as much right as everyone else to live a meaningful life.

 

As reported in The Guardian 4 January, One of the UK’s biggest care home operators is calling on the government to lift visiting restrictions after it recorded one Covid death in the last fortnight.

Four Seasons Healthcare, which operates 165 care homes, said close to 4,000 residents were living under strict lockdowns because of outbreaks, but the Omicron variant was proving so mild in a well-vaccinated population that limits on seeing family and friends were in “total imbalance” with the risk.

Of 132 deaths among the chain’s residents in the last two weeks, just one was attributed to Covid, but because two or more staff or residents have tested positive in 86 homes, indoor visits are now largely banned.

“We are depriving people of their right to visitors, which is an absolute outrage,” said Jeremy Richardson, the chief executive of the UK’s third largest care home provider. “The government restrictions at the moment are making it very difficult to give people a quality of life … We run care homes. We do not run prisons.”

Speaking in The Guardian, Jenny Morrison, co-founder of the Rights for Residents campaign group, said: “The impact of loneliness and isolation has far outweighed the impact of Covid in the later part of the pandemic, so are we going to continue with these strict visiting policies? It’s completely disproportionate to what we are facing.”

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Care Home Residents

Human Right to a Family Life Denied

 

It’s now almost two years into the pandemic and despite the vast majority of residents and relatives being vaccinated and boosted, many of those living in care homes are still denied meaningful contact with their loved ones.  In response to the demands of campaigners, the Government finally published guidance that recognises the importance of visits to the mental health and well being of those isolated in care.

Some impose blanket policies that limit all residents to 30 or 60 minute visits, by appointment only, every two or three weeks. Others subject residents to visits behind windows and glass screens, contrary to official DHSC advice, causing immense distress and confusion. 

The virus is now considered to be as risky as seasonal flu, for those who have been vaccinated, and as such should be managed in a similar way, via infection control procedures using tests and vaccines that are proving effective at protecting lives.

We now have robust infection control measures, including testing, vaccines and booster jabs, yet the Government, the UK Health and Security Agency 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. 

 

 

 

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. 

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