Allow designated visits by family carers into care homes during Covid

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There is no doubt the world is a scary time just now for everyine due to Covid-19 but imagine how it must feel for those living in a care home shut off from their families? 

Yes we need to protect them but we also need to look out for the emtional and mental well being. 

Dementia can effect people in so many ways and the lack of family interaction can cause great decline.

I started this as my mum is in a care home due to her Dementia but understand that this issue goes further than just those who have Dementia.

Why can't we allow one nominated family member per resident to visit safely using PPE and be treated the same way as staff are? 

Why are agency staff allowed to come and go but ONE nominated family member isn't?

Why are care home staff allowed to mix with their family (quite rightly so) and go into the care home to care for our families but we aren't even allowed ONE nominated person per resident to visit?

We are scared our loved ones in care homes are forgetting who we are and declining in health due to lack of family visits and all we are asking is that we allow ONE nominated family member per resident to be allowed to visit to bring some normality back to those living in a care home. 

 

***As the attention around visiting in care homes increases i want to make clear that the petition is asking for the one designated/key worker family member to be allowed access to the building the same as staff and for to not have visits cancelled for any reasons. We need to allow residents the very least connection to one family member or close relative as this pandemic continues to effect our daily lives. We cannot allow residnets in care homes to be isolated from families and close friends for years...we need to be treated as partners in care.