Despite the new government’s advice on care homes, families have refused to embrace their loved ones, complaining of ‘playing god games’.
On Tuesday, the government announced that visitors would be allowed to hug and hold hands with care home residents until they had received a negative covid test and wore PPE.
The government said tests of the fast-moving side flow were now available to allow visits.
Since government-announced care home visits will be permitted through lateral flow testing, reports have emerged that families across the country are being barred from entering (stock photo).
But since the announcement, it has been revealed that people across the country are still refusing to communicate with their loved ones.
And just days after Sheffield Council said the same thing, all ten councils in Greater Manchester are advising people against using these tests in care homes.
Residents in care homes are facing growing pressure to allow them to visit their families and are now being accused of ‘playing god games’.
Julia Jones, co-founder of the dementia rights group Jones Campaign, said: ‘It’s really shocking.
‘There is a deep, involved, reluctance to welcome families … It is becoming increasingly clear that certain care homes are not just for families.
‘I think there’s a deep property war going on where it’s seen as‘ our resident ’, but it’s actually‘ my mother, my husband ’.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mrs Jones added: “They are not God, they must let people make their own decisions as adults.”
Sarah Hatchett, Head of Care at King Charles Court Nursing Home, Falmouth, oversees manager Melissa Jones’ rapid Covid-19 test demo during a pilot program in November.
On Thursday, Manchester signaled to a new agency that it would advise care homes not to follow the government’s Care Home Visit guidelines. Thousands of families in one push.
Mayor Andy Burnham said there is ‘extreme concern’ about the use of lateral flow tests, which give results within 30 minutes.
Jenny Morrison, founder of Rights for Residents, which has 4,500 members, told MailOnline that one member had already refused to visit her mother’s care home – and instead offered a zoom call on Christmas Day.
‘Our members were as overwhelmed by the care home as others like us about the government’s proposals – all you can say is‘ you can call a zoom on Christmas day and watch her eat lunch ’. He’s heartbroken, “said Mrs. Morrison.
He added: ‘It’s becoming a postcode lottery. This is happening all over the country now – so a humane approach suggests surprise.
Many families have not been able to see loved ones properly in a care home since March – and government testing promises are not being followed by all suppliers across the UK.
‘Some care homes are basically saying, you can relocate your relative if you don’t like it’.
Faced with increased pressure on care houses, the delegates argued that the government’s announcement had put them in a strong position and called on the government to address the concerns.
Vic Rainer, executive director of the National Care Forum, told the Telegraph that ‘the provision of good care is an essential element.
‘Emerging images of local authorities suggesting direct opposition to the effectiveness of the test, contrary to the central government’s view, put care homes in an aggressive position.
“The government needs to present such evidence to address the concerns raised as a matter of urgency.”
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green, who represents more than 50,000 residents, said the government had sent testing kits “without any extra resources to control them” and that they were now being “burdened” or trained effectively. To ensure that it can be deployed.
CARE’s Martin Green of England has called on the government to issue guidelines, saying current rules are driven by “ambiguity” that allows local authorities to make their own decisions.
He said care homes feared they could take legal action if caregivers went ahead and subsequently an outbreak of covidy occurred and at the same time they stopped inspections altogether.
He said: ‘If you take the government’s advice, you can fall into hot water later.
‘If you take the advice of the local authority and cannot meet again, you can violate human rights law.
“Somehow, if you are insulted and if you don’t, you will be reprimanded.”
Guidelines published by the Department of Health this week following the Daily Mail campaign for the Christmas tour instructed homes to consider equality and human rights laws for the home.
Nick Freeman, a criminal defense lawyer, said: ‘The mail highlights the human side of why a home visit should proceed, but it also has a strong legal argument.
‘The right to family life is enshrined in Article 7 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It includes everything your family expects – see sick parents, temporarily sick relatives or sit down as a family at Christmas. “
Care owners claim they are terrified of legal action associated with the epidemic, which has already seen insurance premium rockets up to 880 percent.
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Services said: ‘Extensive testing has shown that lateral flow devices, which can return results within an hour, are suitable for use in care homes where they can detect the most susceptible people to the virus and more from staff and visitors. Preventing infection.
‘Testing is the only part of the procedure and it requires visitors to wear PPE and follow all infection control procedures to keep their loved ones, other residents and staff safe.
‘We have sent out more than a million tests, provided free PPE and issued instructions to help bring the family back together.
‘Care home residents at all levels will soon have the opportunity to see their relatives and arrangements are now being made to visit homes at home across the country.’