This points to the derogation of the right to family life, the right to liberty. A doctrinaire approach to infection control and a lack of risk enablement are contributory factors.
This traumatic end to life occurred due to a blanket discriminatory approach to care that prioritised one sector over another and, without cognisance of the rights and dignity that should be afforded. This was not ‘high quality care and support’ as per the H&SC standards.
This points to the derogation of the right to family life, and the right to a meaningful life. This man’s home has access points that would allow for a more measured risk assessment with the correct IPC and PPE. The individual’s ACP could encompass aspects of his care that indicated the importance of his dog to his mental health, and his daughters’ roles clearly fit within the definition of an ‘essential’ visitor.
Financial discrimination of this kind for those living with dementia affects many thousands of Scots – Alzheimer Scotland’s Fair Dementia Campaign would prevent this, and any review of the National Care Home Contract as part of the wider look at the Scottish care sector should consider its findings.
Further example of violation of the right to a meaningful life, and the derogation of the H&SC standard that emotional, psychological, social and physical needs will be considered as part of the care planning procedures.
The early position on the admittance of other healthcare professionals into care homes took too long to be reviewed and paid too little regard to how ‘essential’ such services were – residents’ quality of life would be so greatly improved by chiropody, opthamology, physiotherapy and even hairdressing. It is also shameful that this lady’s daughter, carer should have to press her case to be considered as an ‘essential visitor’