Eleven of our residents have died in as many weeks – and the lack of promised testing means we don’t dare to resume visits
As the lockdown rules loosen, friends and family members of our nursing home residents, who have been so supportive through this crisis, are nurturing hopes of a relaxation in our visiting policy.
It was on 17 March – only 11 weeks ago, though it feels like a lifetime – that we decided with the heaviest of hearts to close our doors to almost all visitors. When the country went into lockdown that decision seemed a prudent, if painful one; the home is normally full of the laughter and joy of up to 30 residents and their visitors, who are usually such an important presence. Deprived of their company, many of our residents have become more anxious, confused or both, in spite of our best efforts to maintain connections using technology.