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Coronavirus: Nurse arrested for trying to take mother with dementia out of care home for lockdown

A woman has been arrested after attempting to take her 97-year-old mother out of a care home for lockdown.

Qualified nurse Ylenia Angeli, 73, wanted to care for her mother, who has dementia, at home. But when she told staff at the care home, they called the police who then briefly arrested Ms Angeli.

The family have not been able to see their elderly relative for nine months, and decided to act ahead of the second national lockdown.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble, from Humberside Police, said: "These are incredibly difficult circumstances and we sympathise with all families who are in this position."

"We responded to a report of an assault at the care home, who are legally responsible for the woman's care and were concerned for her wellbeing. We understand that this is an emotional and difficult situation for all those involved and will continue to provide whatever support we can to both parties."

The incident came to light on the day the government announced new rules for families wishing to visit their loved ones in care homes.

Under the guidance, issued hours before lockdown, families can meet relatives through a window or in a secure outdoor setting. Visits will need to be booked in advance, but the Department of Health and Social Care advice said care homes "will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities".

All care home residents are allowed to receive visits from friends and family during the second national lockdown.

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Source: Sky News, 5 November 2020


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