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Campaigners urge care home providers not to restrict family visits

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A care campaign group is urging care home providers not to restrict family visits due to Omicron virus fears.

The Care Campaign for the Vulnerable (CCFTV) said it had received “worrying reports” from family members that some care homes were enforcing visiting restrictions.

CCFTV founder Jayne Connery said: “Care Campaign for the Vulnerable strongly urges care providers to not restrict families from visiting. There is no doubt that restricting visits would once again see a negative impact on the mental, physical and emotional well-being of vulnerable residents living in care homes.

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“While we recognise the safety of elderly and care staff is paramount, restrictions on visits have previously evidenced vulnerable elderly suffer decline from isolation and loneliness The government needs to put measures in place to ensure care homes allow families to see their loved ones over the festive period. For many, this Christmas will be their last.

“We cannot afford a repeat of the distressing experiences families CCFTV supported, many battling to gain window visits while being denied the right to family life unable to hug loved ones. The government must take direct action and commit to ensuring our care sector is not forgotten.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson told CHP: “We are doing everything we can to support care providers to facilitate visits safely including ensuring all residents can nominate an essential care giver, removing limits on visitors and reducing the period of time visit restrictions apply following an outbreak.

“Our message is clear – all care home residents should be supported to get the care and companionship they need from visitors as this is essential to their health and wellbeing.”

The government said care home providers should follow its visiting guidance which is kept under continual review.

People with concerns over visiting arrangements are urged to raise the matter with their care home initially and then the CQC if the issue is not resolved.

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