A 100-year-old Scottish woman told her family that she “just wanted to die” after months in a nursing home with no relatives visiting regularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report.
Doreen Tilly has seen her health deteriorate after eight months of isolation at the Woodside Court Care Home in Fife, the Daily Record reported.
“The difference in my nan is just terrible to see. Previously, she was full of life and thrived when she was visited regularly by her family, ”said trying niece Sonia Dixon, adding that the reunions gave her“ something to live ”.
But she says now Tilly has told her she “just wants to die”; as she struggles to be away from her family, including eight great-grandchildren.
“I can’t stand this going on any longer. I’m watching her fade away from her loneliness, ”said Dixon.
“She was really down and she was prescribed an antidepressant for the first time in her life when she was 100 years old.”
Dixon says she believes nursing home residents should have the right to meet their loved ones.
“For a 100-year-old, it is up to them how much they will meet with family members,” Dixon said.
Woodside Court Care Home said in a statement that they “understand the importance of visiting and how difficult it is for all those who have missed precious moments in recent months.”
“While this is a challenging time for everyone, we must all work together to protect residents,” said the nursing home.
“With safety at the forefront of everything we do, there is a need to achieve a very difficult balancing act that takes into account the health and well-being of all residents and the threat of coronavirus. “