Children allowed to visit relatives in care homes

To allow children to visit relatives in care homes - outdoor visits initially.

Why the contribution is important

This is not allowed until Phase 4. Many children and their relatives have not seen each other since March . Children are now older as are their relatives- both have a right to family life. I would ask that particularly if the child can social distance that consideration is given to allowing outdoor visits. Time is not on our side. The benefits for both the children and their currently socially isolated relatives would be significant.

by Hope2020 on October 05, 2020 at 08:10PM

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Average rating: 4.2
Based on: 14 votes


  • Posted by SLawson90 October 05, 2020 at 20:20

    I absolutely agree. My grandad used to enjoy watching my children (and his other great grandchildren) run about the garden of his care home. He (and my late Grandma) have been surrounding by children their whole life yet he hadn't been allowed to see them for 6 months. We used to be allowed to visit at the window so he could just watch them run but that was all stopped with no real explanation. They pose no greater risk of transmission than anyone else. These people need some normality back in their life.
  • Posted by Tracey772 October 06, 2020 at 21:06

    My mum is in a nursing home setting . Her mental health has deteriorated further during lockdown . She is keen to see , hear and gain a cuddle from her beloved grandchildren. I feel granting this would enhance her wellbeing and allow to her feel more connected
  • Posted by Kazl80 October 06, 2020 at 22:50

    My son is about to turn 2. My Nanas first great grandson. She hasn't seen him for 7 months. She was besotted with him and breaks my heart that she hasn't seen him walking or talking. At this rate and at her age she's likely to not see him again. She is 104! This would make such an impact to her mental health and in her final stages of life should this not be what's important. Family love is everything.
  • Posted by CatrionaFrances October 06, 2020 at 23:11

    My Granny is in a nursing home. She was used to seeing her great granddaughter, aged 9 regularly and hasn’t done so for 7 months now. My 9 year old could easily self distance and misses seeing her granny. I also have a 5 month baby born during the pandemic my granny has not met yet and it would brighten her day being able to meet him. Both my children could easily self distance with me. Please reconsider this policy as it would mean so much to my Granny.
  • Posted by Chegs October 07, 2020 at 09:39

    Totally agree - my mum has not seen any of her great grandchildren (other than a wave at the window) for nearly 7 months. The two year old doesn’t even know who she is now. I was told that even the tow babies (both of whom are less than 6 months old) couldn’t be brought to garden visits - even if in a baby sling . That is just making rules for the sake of making rules!
  • Posted by Lynn1bin October 07, 2020 at 21:24

    It is noted through evidence that children and pets are very comforting to people, especially elderly with Alzheimer's. My mum is in a care home and has 23 great grandchildren . For her to see just a couple of them will make my mum's life worth living before she gives up.. would you like to cry and be confused every day every night.
  • Posted by winifredmclaughlin October 09, 2020 at 20:39

    These rules for care home visiting are so wrong on many levels. It is heart breaking to watch my 7year old Grandson cry for his grandad. They were the best of pals and miss each other so much
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