Relatives locked out of UK care homes due to Covid call for visitor guarantee – The Guardian

Mar 21, 2023 | In Print

Anger grows at care homes still restricting visits three years on from start of lockdowns, causing ‘extreme distress’

Families locked out of seeing loved ones in care homes during the Covid crisis have stepped up calls for a new law to prevent it happening again, amid reports of restricted visits still “causing extreme distress”.

Before the third anniversary of the UK’s pandemic lockdown, people who missed the last stages of their relatives’ lives voiced anger that some care homes still deny access despite a government promise to stop the practice. Four months ago, the care minister Helen Whately said she would “fix” the “misery, despair and anger at being kept away from someone you are desperately worried about”.

Diane Mayhew, a co-founder of the Rights for Residents campaign group, said: “Too many are still stopping families from seeing their loved one, even in end-of-life situations.

“It is causing extreme distress and it has to stop.”      Please click here to read the whole article



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