"Far from taking back control, Mum's lost most of it"

20 July 2017

This story was sent to us by Naomi Bennett.

"My Mum is 85 and lives in a nursing care home near my house.  Immediately after the referendum, a number of Eastern European care staff and nurses resigned and left the UK.  Some went because they didn’t feel welcome, some left because the exchange rate meant they could no longer support family back home. These included some of my Mum’s favourite members of staff who had looked after her for over three years. Mum was particularly fond of a young Slovenian care worker called Guilietta and a Polish nurse called Izabella.

"So Mum no longer has familiar faces around her, except for the hour or two each day when I visit . Continuity is really important when someone has dementia because they lose the ability to bond with new people or express themselves.

"The home has struggled to maintain staffing since the referendum. The home has had to rely on expensive agency staff who don’t know the residents which puts more of a strain on the remaining British and non EU workers. Their working lives and Mum’s care have both been affected.

"So even though Brexit hasn’t happened, my Mum and other care home residents like her have lost their 'second family' and are now surrounded by strangers. When you are dependent on the people around you for everything, the bonds between you and your knowledge of each other are crucial.

"Mum couldn’t vote in the referendum because she doesn’t have capacity. Far from taking back control, she’s lost most of the control she had over her own life."

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