Of course , Mr.Useless himself (Jeremy Hunt) has now suggested that 'SOCIAL DISTANCING" be introduced, including the banning of external visits to Care Homes. Just as he displayed his complete ignorance of the NHS during his previous tenure as health secretary, it is blazingly obvious that he has NO IDEA what he’s talking about in his new "hobby"position as care Tsar.
I am all for a few restrictions and strict controls, however, problem number 1 is the terribly low or absent standard of care in almost all care homes in the UK, and secondly LONLINESS.
It would be nice to think that giving all the oldies an iPad would fix everything, but it’s impractical as getting my Mum to respond to her phone, let alone a Facetime call is almost impossible. Facetiming with the family is normally successful during a visit by my Dad, but on her own?.. doesn’t work.
I know my Dad will be livid if he can’t visit…with his failing eyesight due to ridiculous waiting lists for his cataract operation, he is forced to take a local minibus in order to get to the care home, which does a scenic tour of the region picking up others before he gets there or gets home. The normal bus would involve a substantial walk from the busstop…impossible in his current condition as an 89 year old. He’s already frustrated that he can’t drive. Also he can’t see the iPad used to “SIGN IN” when you visit the home.
Without his regular visits, there is more or less no monitoring of my Mum, her general wellbeing, the state of her dressings, or cleanliness and hygeine. My sister also visits once a week and does the same as you cannot depend on the home, its management or staff.
Here we are in a pandemic, yet staff are walking around coughing everywhere and without correct protective gear or countermeasures. Complaints end on deaf ears…or…as is the case with urgent e-mails to the management, 3 months to receive a reply.
Add to this a hospital under “Special Measures” (we are talking the Isle of Wight here…) in an area with a large elderly population, and we are talking an impending disaster.
I sympathise with others here who have even more complex care situations. Most are already overstressed and overloaded.
I wish you all the best in the coming weeks!!
PS: Where is the Governments new Care Plan?..