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Thousands of care home residents 'worse off than prisoners' due to pandemic rules

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A care home resident holds hands with a family member (Aaron Chown/PA)

A care home resident holds hands with a family member (Aaron Chown/PA)

A care home resident holds hands with a family member (Aaron Chown/PA)

Thousands of care home residents have been kept inside for the past 12 months, leading to claims they are worse off than prisoners.

Some care homes have been stopping residents from going outside into garden areas since the beginning of the pandemic, while others are forcing residents to spend up to 14 days in isolation every time they go to hospital.

In one particularly distressing example, a resident was subject to the strict isolation rules after visiting a hospital emergency department on three occasions over a four-week period. In another example, a care home resident attended his daughter's wedding and had to spend the next 14 days living in a specially set up isolation room.


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