Family Christmas banned for care home residents over 65

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Care home residents over 65 will not be able to spend Christmas with their families, according to new rules.

Older care home residents will be expected to stay in their care homes during the five-day festive period.

The government’s latest advice states: “Spending time with others outside the care home will increase risk of exposure to coronavirus for the resident and the other residents in their home on their return, and is likely to place an additional burden on the care home.

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“Given this, visits out of care homes should only be considered for care home residents of working age. Residents, their families and care homes should very carefully consider whether this is the right thing to do, or whether visiting at the care home would provide meaningful contact in a safer way.”

Guidance on how care home residents under 65 can spend Christmas with their families in England is expected to soon be published.

Families are expected to have to follow strict social distancing rules, including no hugs, plenty of hand washing and having good ventilation where possible.

Bubble members may have to limit social contact for two weeks before gathering and consider COVID-19 testing.

The guidelines are expected to require residents to isolate and take a coronavirus test before returning to their care home.

The news comes after the Prime Minister promised that care home residents would be able to receive two visits each week by the end of the year.

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The author Lee Peart


  1. Elderly shafted that’s putting it mildly, but not one person is properly fighting for their rights. As a nation we should all hold our heads in shame. Such a sad lonely existence for people who just got old what a joy we have to look forward to.

  2. Our families are being held hostage in care homes. Emotional blackmail being used to ‘encourage’ people to get tested. Tested for a virus with over 98% recovery rate. Tested with PCR test kits that cannot detect viruses. Our families are being made to suffer intolerable traumas. They are wasting away, dying of broken hearts. The care homes should be opened.
    This is tyranny. This in despicably cruel. Those responsible should be imprisoned for crimes against humanity.

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