Rights For Residents
A campaign to end the current inhumane restrictions to visiting loved ones in care homes.
Losing the Will to Live
Charities including 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’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.
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
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.