Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) chief executive Kathryn Smith (pictured) gives a personal account of how Covid-19 has affected her and explains the importance of care home visits during this difficult time.
I was always proud of the fact that, having started my first job as a young teen in a care home, I thought I had seen everything. Yet this March, when the pandemic hit, we witnessed an assault on care homes that has not been seen before.
My family found itself at the centre of things. My great aunt, Isobel, became ill in her care home at the same time as two other residents tested positive for Covid-19 and were discharged from hospital back to the care home. This was at a time when several staff had a lack of access to protective equipment.
When Isobel died, the cause on her death certificate was stated as ‘dementia’. My family still maintain that there was a big likelihood that she died from Covid-19.
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