In a committee hearing on how Covid 19 has impinged on human rights, a man called John, a husband of a lady who lives in a care home with dementia tells his devastating story of how his wife deteriorated in the care home after months of no physical contact.
One day John got a call saying his wife wasn’t eating, drinking or swallowing and that they thought he should go in and spend a few days with her in case she passed away.
John said he went into the care home to spend some time with his wife. Over time he was there, John saw his wife had started to eat and drink again but was then prevented from seeing his wife after she began to get better.
Some of the staff have recently been tested positive for Covid the home, and it is completely shut for 28 days.
John said I understand they are trying to protect those in the home, but I promised to be with her through sickness and in health, and so far he can’t do that. John said he felt his wife’s human rights were secondary to the virus.