Age UK finds 70% of people have not been able to visit loved one in care home since start of pandemic - Alzheimer's Society comment

A report from Age UK, surveying 2,732 people, found 70% of respondents said that they had not been able to visit or see their loved one since the start of the pandemic.

Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

'These findings echo the calls we’ve had to our Dementia Connect Support line, from hundreds of desperate relatives and friends who’ve been kept apart from their loved ones with dementia over the last nine months.

These aren’t just visits for hugs and chatting – family carers are the people able to encourage their loved ones to eat, take their medication, and keep them tethered to the world.

'Yes, the Government has promised all care homes will have the tests to get visitors in by Christmas, but that’s not the end of the story – homes will need support with the huge added workload to make this happen. This is the final push to reclaim some joy for people with dementia and their families, in what has otherwise been a horrific year.'