Four Seasons CEO Jeremy Richardson has said there is a “total imbalance” between the current restrictions on care home visiting and the threat posed by COVID-19.
Jeremy (pictured) said less than 1% of deaths among Four Seasons residents in the last two weeks can be attributed to COVID-19.
“There is a total imbalance between the current risk posed by COVID to our residents and the restrictions imposed by Government,” the Four Seasons chief said.
“Depriving people of their right to visitors makes it difficult to provide our residents with a quality of life and is not justified by the statistics. In the last two weeks less than 1% of the deaths among our residents can be attributed to COVID. We ask that policy reflects the facts, which show that the vaccination programme and our strict infection controls are working well.”
The latest ONS figures published today show there were 44 COVID-19 related deaths in care homes in England and Wales in the week ending 24 December compared with almost 2,000 per week at the end of January 2021.
Jenny Morrison, a co-founder of Rights for Residents campaign group, told The Guardian: “The impact of loneliness and isolation has far outweighed the impact of COVID in the later part of the pandemic, so are we going to continue with these strict visiting policies? It’s completely disproportionate to what we are facing.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Our priority continues to be the safety of care home residents and staff. We are doing everything we can to support care providers to facilitate safe visits.”