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''I am scared we may not see each other again''... A wife's plea to providers to ease visiting restrictions...

5th June 2020

HE ASKED ME 'WILL I EVER SEE YOU AGAIN?... IT WAS HEARTBREAKING''

Care Campaign for the Vulnerable received heartfelt correspondence from a supporter named Christina telling CCFTV of her upset she hasn’t seen her 81-year-old husband of over 30 years, in three months. She told us “ I understand the reasons but I cry every day for him. He’s 81, has battled many serious health conditions and won and lives with dementia and has many lucid moments. The care home are saying we may not have contact until the end of the year. I haven’t physically seen my husband in over three months now. It’s killing us both. How long have we both got left, we don’t know.

Christina and her husband, she says, is struggling without her

I keep asking the care home but they are being cautious. My husband is very tactile and I was devastated when I called him and he said to me ‘I’m never going to see you again, am I? I am happy with his care but I don’t understand why more isn’t being done for elderly living with dementia. He doesn’t fully understand and probably sees this as abandonment. I cared for him at home for many years and he still comes home to visit once a week before this pandemic.

''I miss him so much.. I just want to hug him again''

I asked could he return home at the beginning but it was refused because a DOLS was in place. I cry every night. I miss him and I don’t see why we can’t, with proper PPE protection, visit or at least with distancing in place. The home advised they are looking at ways but it may be too late. As a family, we believe more must be done. In one way they are believing they are protecting these residents but in another way, they are bringing deep distress to many.

Elderly with dementia need family support, even if it is one family member allowed to visit, that would be something. I am finding it hard to sleep and I worry all the time because I know he's unhappy with not seeing me, I truly hope something is done soon It would be tragic if we anything happened to either of us because that would be unforgivable. We support all CCFTV is doing in asking providers to now ease embargoes and to allow visitation with the correct safety procedures. Our elderly living with dementia need this contact now''.

Care Campaign for the Vulnerable is supporting Christina and families that contact us now asking for visitation embargoes to be eased. Families are telling us the mental anguish suffered after many not seeing loved ones in over nearly 12 weeks. Christine's case resonates with families that contact CCFTV asking us to pressure care home providers and Government to lift embargoes for residents who are more vulnerable and reliant on care partners. https://www.carecampaignforthevulnerable.com/news/952/care-campaign-for-the-vulnerable-ask-care-providers-to-consider-relaxi/

Part of the Care Provider's response when approached by CCFTV

''We are very aware of the need to help families & friends to connect with each other & during the lockdown period worked creatively to help loved ones to communicate with each other, using technologies like Facetime, Whatsapp & Zoom as well as more traditional methods such as the phone, email & also some letter writing, which has been particularly popular in fact.

The team have been acutely aware of the difficulties faced by those they support & their families, particularly the family you have mentioned & been working them to enable as much ‘virtual’ contact as possible. They are now very keen to develop ways that people can meet face-to-face whilst ensuring all the infection control & social distancing measures are in place to keep everyone safe. We began conversations about this last week & will be looking to share what arrangements we can offer families very shortly. We can update you of these too once they are in place''.

UPDATE ON Christina's story

Care Campaign for the Vulnerable has been informed that since our intervention Christina will now get to meet her husband after spending three months apart. ' I can't thank Care Campaign for the Vulnerable enough for your help. I am just so excited to be seeing my lovely husband again, even at a safe distance. Just to be able to see him will mean the world to us. I am so very appreciate and so excited after three long months apart.'' Christina.

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