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.
Video shows Ms Angeli handcuffed inside a patrol car, while her elderly mother sat in the front of the family car.
It was filmed by Ms Angeli’s daughter, former Coronation Street star Leandra Ashton.
In the recording, Ms Ashton, who played Saskia Larson in the soap, can be heard crying while her mother is taken to the police car.
Ms Ashton can be heard saying on the film: “I’m not fine. It’s ridiculous, it’s my grandmother, we want to be with our grandmother. Nan, we love you and we are going to fight for you.”
Ms Angeli was taken to Hull police station before being “de-arrested” and released without charge.
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.
“As was our legal duty, we returned the lady to the home and a 73-year-old woman who was initially arrested was de-arrested and allowed to return home with her daughter.
“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.
However, measures must be in place to ensure safety – such as floor to ceiling screens, visiting pods, and window visits.
Outdoor visits with one other person are also permitted, provided the meeting can be accessed by the loved one without going into the main building.
Responding to the announcement of new visiting guidance for care homes, Labour’s shadow minister for social care, Liz Kendall, said: “This guidance is not good enough.
“Many care homes simply won’t be able to comply with the government’s requirements, and so in reality thousands of families are likely to be banned from visiting their loved ones.”
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