Mrs Mary Rose Crozier, 92, formerly of Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, received a visit at last from her daughter, Mrs Mary Carr. Mrs Crozier is a resident at Crosslet Care Home in Dumbarton.
By Lucy Ashton
Happy day. Mrs Mary Rose Crozier, 92, formerly of Bonhill Road, Dumbarton, received a visit at last from her daughter, Mrs Mary Carr. Mrs Crozier is a resident at Crosslet Care Home in Dumbarton where, due to Covid restrictions, families have been unable to visit their loved ones for almost a year.
The visit, which follows a campaign, took place under new restrictions which now apply in the West Dunbartonshire Council-run care home. Top picture is of Mrs Crozier with daughters Dorothy and Mary.
Meanwhile, in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP) expressed his delight at the resumption of visiting in care homes.
He said: “I am pleased about the resumption of care home visits this month, not least because my mother resides in one.
“Safety is obviously important, but so is human contact between loved ones. What risk assessment has been made to ensure that safety measures do not overwhelm vulnerable residents to the extent that they are unable to recognise their visitors?”
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ” There is guidance in place and we have taken care around that for the reasons that Kenny Gibson sets out, among others. Obviously, care home providers are in the position of ensuring that visiting is as safe as possible and that all the factors that Kenny Gibson outlines are taken into account.
“There is no doubt that, next to getting young people back to school, giving families the ability to visit older relatives in care homes is our top priority. After that, of course, we desperately want us all to have the ability to visit and spend time with our loved ones.”
The question of loneliness amongst the elderly was also raised in parliament.