Why are they still locked away from loved ones? Relatives of care home residents describe their desolation at being separated from family

Former prison officer Jim Pegg, 88, has been in a care home in Northumberland since Christmas 2019, following a foot injury that severely affected his mobility.

His granddaughter Victoria, 27, a community nurse, says she has seen him go downhill rapidly over lockdown.

‘My grandad was always upbeat, but now he’s down and alone,’ says Victoria.

‘He spends his days in his room, only venturing out very rarely to the dining room. He’s shy and doesn’t find it easy to make friends. And he’s very frail. He could pass away at any time.’

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