Today I watched the BBC news report highlighting how relatives have been kept apart from their loved ones for months now.
One man interviewed had been married 61 years, but has not seen his wife in the same room for over 6 months. This distress and pain at not seeing his wife was clear to see.
I have felt strongly for some time that this must be causing both parties a lot of anxiety and depression, which has to be wrong – now it is being described as inhumane. It is even harder for those suffering with dementia, who need that extra care and support from their families to cope. Many relatives will feel they have abandoned their loved one.
If staff can go home, go out and about shopping etc, surely families need to be given the same privileges. As it is a matter of testing for Covid-19, which is done on a regular basis for the care home staff, it now needs to be made available to relatives on a regular basis too.
There is a petition out at the moment to sign to give relatives some priority of being tested so I urge people to look at it and sign it – see link below it only takes a minute.