COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on older people living in care homes in England, with more than 18,500 dying in the first three months.
All over the country, in care homes and hospital wards, people are being separated from their family carers and relatives in the name of safety and infection control.
During our monthly CAN networking meetings, advisers, consultants and advocates have described mental and physical decline of their clients specifically due to a lack of contact with family and the support that they provide, not simply the emotional well being but to help hard working staff keep their loved one fed and watered.
OneDementiaVoice, dementia organisations across the country have been calling on the Government to avert hidden catastrophe by giving family carers key worker status when visiting care homes. An open letter to the Government sent in July 2020 asked for family carers to be given key worker status.
This Amnesty International report examines UK government decisions and calls for a full, independent public inquiry – so that lessons can be learned and measures swiftly taken to ensure older people in care homes are protected.
Nightingale Dementia Care (Facebook) Campaign have launched an awareness campaign regarding the concern of care homes residents at risk of malnutrition.
Johns’ Campaign are part of #OneDementiaVoice and seeking a judicial review; Government Guidance Has Failed Care Home Residents And Their Families
A petition for family to be awarded key worker status was rejected in Sept as unclear. "determining policies for individual care homes will be a matter for the operator of that care home, not the Government or House of Commons".
CAN supports nominated family members to be included as key workers and asks you to help raise awareness and write to your MP.
If you live in England and would like to email or write to your Member of Parliament to support this campaign, One Dementia Voice members tide has created a template letter which you can download here.