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Covid compassion and common sense

Letters
·1-min read
<span>Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian</span>
Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

What an inspiration Jonathan Cunningham is in facilitating family visits to the residents of his care home in Merseyside throughout the pandemic (‘People say, I didn’t know such homes existed’: a care home with courage, 28 February). Your report rightly points out that the isolation of our oldest and most vulnerable people has been one of the cruellest side effects of the pandemic, particularly as it didn’t work, with almost 30,000 people dying with Covid in care homes in England and Wales.

Mr Cunningham has shown that with compassion, imagination and strict adherence to health and safety procedures, it is possible to greatly enhance the quality of life and mental health of residents and their families, ensuring that no one need or should die alone. Other care homes should follow his brave lead and bring some humanity and good common sense to these sad and challenging times.
Heather Adams
Chesham, Buckinghamshire