Care Homes Best Practice

Families Needn’t Be Locked Out From Care Homes

Families are suffering cruelties by enforced separation from relatives in Care Homes. 

Care homes are free to interpret government guidance as they see fit. In reality, they condemn families to a wretched impotence as loved ones diminish visibly, imprisoned, feeling abandoned.

Light At End of the Tunnel

It doesn’t need to be this way.  Some Care Managers have shown flexibility, adaptability to allow safe family visiting. Dawn Bunter (pictured left) is a great example of the ways care homes can adapt to bring in family visits. So too, Adam Purnell, Care Lead at Kepplegate Care Home and Donna Pierpoint at Broomgrove Nursing Home in Sheffield.

These care managers use common sense to ensure the essential contact between family carers and their loved ones continues.  

We have a video interview with Dawn Bunter, A registered manager with the Care Quality Commission, which we’ll be publishing soon. Dawn manages Iceni House Residential Home. Iceni has 75 residents and approximately 60 staff. 

Dawn has over 25 years professional experience working in care settings from a care assistant, bottle washer, working as a senior care assistant within the NHS. She moved into social care with more of a dementia specialism.

Dawn Bunter understands the issues and brings her can-do attitude to family visits.

Dawn on the Importance of Family Visits in Care Homes

Dawn Pays tribute to her Staff

More from this interview coming soon


Family Carers

Relatives are more than visitors or ‘footfall’.
Family play a key role in the health and well-being of loved ones in care.

Mental Health

Denying human contact to family members in care ‘for their own good’ has a devastating impact on family carers and loved ones. Seeing the dreadful deterioration of parents or children with special needs has a profoundly detrimental effect on mental health