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Families of care home residents are lobbying MSPs as they go into Holyrood this morning, calling for a relaxation in “draconian” visiting guidelines.
The group, Care Home Relatives Scotland, says the current rules – which only allow outdoor visiting for a limited time period – are damaging the mental health of residents.
Cathie Russell, who founded the group and whose own mother is in a care home where she is currently allowed to see her for 30 minutes once a week, told BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme:
People need their families. My mother never speaks to anyone with shared memories, and I can see a huge decline in her cognitively.
A lot of our members have relatives with hearing or sight problems, they’re completely bewildered because they haven’t seen them for six months and now are having to sit miles away from each other.
Russell said that Scottish government guidelines didn’t take into account the needs of people in care and their families. “We need to start from the position that visiting is good for people,” she said.
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