Alzheimer's Society in Rutland calls for Government to prioritise care home visits as lockdown is eased
People in Rutland are being asked to sign a letter calling on the Government to change rules that prevent people making 'meaningful visits' to elderly relatives.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s area manager for Rutland, Nasim Minhas, says some people in care homes have not had proper contact with family members for a year.
This, she says, is particularly devastating for those living with dementia, who may lose the ability to recognise faces, and communication skills.
She said: “While progress on vaccinating care home residents is welcome, we are concerned that low vaccination rates for care home staff will further delay the re-introduction of meaningful visits for residents and their loved ones.
“This lack of contact from their loved ones means people with dementia are deteriorating at a much faster rate than they would in normal times, when family members can drop in to see them more regularly.
"They are not just dying due to Covid-19. They are also dying from loneliness.
“We need the public to sign our online letter to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, so care home residents can be reunited with their loved ones at the earliest possible opportunity.”
The charity is urging people in Rutland to sign a letter calling on the Government to set out a timetable for the re-introduction of ‘meaningful visits’ for people living in care home.
Its new campaign called ‘Wait until May? No Way!' highlights the importance of visits which, it says, are vital to the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.
The charity asks the Government to prioritise care home visits as part of its easing of lockdown, details of which are expected to be revealed next week.
The letter can be accessed through the charity’s webpage and it can be signed online.