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Care Campaign for the Vulnerable is learning of the pressures faced by conscientious led Care Providers striving to offer a caring and safe environment to both service users and staff. Safety monitoring is proving to be a invaluable care assist tool - bringing a more open and transparent culture into care homes as well as saving valuable resources within the care home sector and the NHS

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Five months without hugging my husband - now I want him brought back home...

Added on 14th August 2020

Christine has been married thirty seven years to Peter. They lived happily together since they got married and then sadly a few years ago Peter was diagnosed with dementia. Christine was advised that placing Peter in a care home would be the best and safest place for her husband to live. She hesitantly said yes but only if they would be able to see each other every day and still remain husband and wife. Christine tells CCFTV that she is happy with Peter's care but says she feels' robbed' of their affection towards each other because the care home has only recently allowed visits at a safe distance outside and are stopped from having a hug in over five months. Many families are coming to CCFTV saying they are now considering bringing loved ones back home because they need and want to maintain relationships and currently loved ones living in care homes this is being denied due to Covid 19 visitation restrictions.

Christine and Peter on their wedding day

''My husband may have dementia but we still love each other. I visit Peter weekly and only recently have we been allowed visitaton but visits are outside in the garden because of Covid. What about winter time ? I understand everyone is being protected from Covid but he's my husband and because he is in a care home we are now denied our rights as husband and wife. I would never have placed him in care if I thought this was the result. I have no major issues with my husband's care but I get upset on visits when Peter tries to get up to come over to me to hug me and the carers stop him. I was particularly upset on my last visit with our son, when Peter wanted to come to me and the carer stopped him abruptly and raised her voice telling him ''If you do that you will have to go into isolation for two weeks and you won't be able to see your wife!'' I found that so upsetting as he doesn't understand. I have spoken to our sons and they agree with me that it's so harsh not having a relationship with my husband. Carers can go home and then hug and stand close to him and yet I live on my own and meet no one - only to the shops and I am denied this right. Peter gets very distressed when I call him on the telephone and he asks me 'why can't we be together.''? It breaks both our hearts.''

I have asked to bring him home now but the social worker said that he is under a DOLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard) order and I couldn't. I feel our rights have been taken away and I want him to come back. Before Covid i brought him home every week and cooked and he loved being here. I am very grateful to the home and I understand they are following guidlines from this Government but he's my husband and I know carers and managers if they couldn't hug or show affection for such a long time to their spouses they wouldn't be happy. I am demanding to bring my Peter back home at least until the visitation is back to normal. How long do we have at our age? We miss each other and it's so unfair we are kept apart for so long when all we want to do is hug each other and show each other affection.''

The family's account has been verified and CCFTV is supporting Christine. Families are telling us they are considering bringing loved ones back home due to lenghty covid visitation restrictions. If you are interested in this case study we can forward your detail on to the families with permission ccftv.cares@gmail.com

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