A BOURNEMOUTH care home resident is calling on the government and public to remember those “stuck” in care homes during the pandemic.

The 92-year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, described her experience of being in a care home during the pandemic as “very difficult”, although she has no complaints about the home staff.

She moved to the home to be with her husband, who is 100 years old and has dementia, however, she has been unable to spend time with him due to the pandemic.

She said: “My husband went to the dentist last week. He was taken by a carer and had no contact with anybody and was back in 30 minutes. He was told he then had to isolate for 14 days.

“I tore the sign down from his door, I was furious. There is no need for it, he wasn’t in contact with anyone. No one is thinking that we are human beings.”

According to the resident, her husband, who is on a different floor to herself, doesn’t understand why she cannot see him.

She said: “This is inhuman, my husband is longing for company. The government can’t keep him locked in his room. I came to this home so I could be with him.”

Although residents are required to remain in their rooms for 14 days if they have left the building, she said she was pleased that the home helps her husband freely roam his floor.

However, she would like to see loved ones outside of the care home.

She said: “I haven’t been allowed out of this place since the beginning of March as the government restrictions mean people can’t see us without a sheet of glass between us, which is absolutely ridiculous. My friends are now enjoying company, going out, eating meals and more. They are in control of their lives, but we are not. We are told what we have to do and never asked. I liken this to a prison sentence.

“The care home is in control and ensuring that we’re safe but I want to go back to my life.”