Nursing Home Resident Says She “Just Wants To Die” By Isolation From Her Relatives


A 100-year-old Scottish woman told her family she ‘just wanted to die’ after spending months in a nursing home without regular visits from loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report.Doreen Tilly has seen her well-being deteriorate after eight months in isolation at Woodside Court Care Home in Fife, the Daily Record reported.

“The difference between my nan is just devastating to see. Before, she was full of life and thriving thanks to regular family visits, ”said her great-granddaughter Sonia Dixon, adding that the reunion had given her“ something to live ”.

But she said now Tilly had told her she “just wanted to die” as she struggled to be away from her family, which includes eight great-great-grandchildren.

“I can’t bear to keep this going. I watch her disappear with loneliness, ”Dixon said.

“She’s really depressed and she was prescribed antidepressants for the first time in her life at age 100.”

Dixon said she believes nursing home residents should have the right to see their loved ones.

“For someone who is 100, it should definitely be theirs to see how well they see their family members,” Dixon said.

Woodside Court Care Home said in a statement they “understand how important and how difficult visits are for anyone who has missed out on precious moments in the past few months.”

“Although it is a difficult time for everyone, we must all work together to protect the residents,” the nursing home said.

“With safety at the forefront of everything we do, a very difficult balance must be struck which takes into account the health and well-being of all residents and the threat of the coronavirus.”


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