A great-great-grandmother has announced she “wants to die” after spending eight months isolated from her loved ones due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Doreen Tilly turned 100-years-old at the beginning of lockdown – but has seen her landmark year spent locked away from all those she loves.
Concerned family members have been distressed by a deterioration in the condition of the OAP following months of strict lockdown.
Mrs Tilly has been living in a care home and while her family would all visit her before lockdown began, they have been unable to over the past seven months.
Great-granddaughter Sonia Dixon, 37, told the Daily Record: “The difference in my nan is just devastating to see. Before, she was full of life and thrived on regular visits from her family.
“While she has outlived her own two children, she has eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren who almost all live in the area.
“Before lockdown, people would be up to see her all the time and she loved it – it gave her something to live for. I just want her out of the home now.
“I can’t bear for this to go on any longer. I’m watching her fade away with the loneliness – she has told me she just wants to die during the outdoor visits that I have been allowed.
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“She has become really down and has been prescribed anti-depressants for the first time in her life at 100 years old.
“People in care homes should have legal rights to see their families properly and I’d support any move to make it happen.”
Mrs Tilly is being cared for at care firm HC-One’s Woodside Court Care Home in Fife, Scotland.
Mum-of-one Sonia, a business studies student, added: “There has been some indoor visiting introduced at Nan’s home but we were given a choice between very limited indoor visits for one person or more outdoor visits where different people could attend.
“In the end, we had to go with the outdoor socially distanced visits so Nan could see all of her family.
“For someone who is 100, surely it should be up to them how much they see family members.
“The home say they are just following the rules but, between them and the Scottish Government, they need to get this sorted out.”
HC-One said in a statement: “Our caring colleagues know every resident in our homes and many relatives. They understand how important visiting is and how difficult it is for all those who have missed out on precious moments over recent months.
“While this is a challenging time for everyone, we must all work together to protect residents.
“With safety at the forefront of everything we do, a very difficult balancing act needs to be achieved which considers the health and wellbeing of all residents and the threat of coronavirus.”
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