Woman banned from visiting mum on death bed after giving her ‘unauthorised’ hug

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A woman has been banned from visiting her dying mum without supervision after being accused of 'abuse' – for giving her an 'unauthorised' cuddle.

Lorna Hammond, 46, was told her mum Penny Simson had just hours to live and rushed to her bedside to comfort her.

But staff at Sovereign House care home reportedly kicked her out after they caught the distraught daughter giving her 74-year-old mum a hug in her bed.

They told her that while visiting was allowed any touching was banned due to coronavirus restrictions.

The mum-of-four was told to leave the home in Coventry immediately and later informed she could only see her mum in future for 30-minute visits with supervision.

Lorna is a full-time carer for her autistic daughter, nine, and dad who is a recovering alcoholic.

She described the situation as "cruel".

She said: "I knew it was the end really. I went up to see her and was really emotional anyway.

“I wanted to speak to my mum about something before she died. I didn’t want her to be alone and got into bed with her and gave her a cuddle and kiss.

“I wanted not to be her carer; I wanted to be her daughter. I just wanted her to know what was going on.

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“The staff came back in and saw me because I hadn’t locked the door. They asked me to leave and I left straight away.

“Then I got a phone call saying there had been a report to safeguarding meaning I had abused my mum.

“I was devastated, but I would do it again because I wanted my mum to know she isn’t alone."

Lorna wanted to tell her mum, who had Parkinson's and Dementia, that her grandson's girlfriend was expecting a baby who many not survive a heart condition diagnosed in utero.

Lorna said: “It is so cruel.

“My mum has had Parkinson’s since I was two which is 44 years ago and she was diagnosed with Dementia around eight years ago."

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She added: “In lockdown in June we got a call from the home saying she had six hours to live.

“We were all round her bed and we weren’t in PPE. We were allowed to be with her and touch her.

“It wasn’t Covid. They thought she was going to die from her worsening Parkinson’s and Dementia."

The mum received a call on Wednesday, (November 4), to say Penny's reflex had gone.

Lorna wanted to hug her as 'staff said she was hours from death'.

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She added that the staff have been "remarkable" but says government rules leaves vulnerable people on their own.

A spokesperson for Sovereign House confirmed to MirrorOnline Penny died yesterday morning but claimed restrictions had to be put in place for the daughter's visits due to rules being ignored on more than one occasion.

They said: “We have had a recent positive Covid test in the home, so we could have stopped all end of life visits under government guidelines, but we are hugely sympathetic to families in such difficult circumstances and we want to be as flexible as possible within the rules.

“This was explained to the family, along with the importance of following guidelines on PPE and social distancing.

"Unfortunately, these rules were ignored and a number of other incidents meant we had to raise safeguarding concerns with social work.

"They were supportive of the plans – including supervised visits – that we were forced to put in place as we have a duty to provide a safe environment for all residents and our staff.

“Penny was a much-loved resident and she’ll be sadly missed by all of our team.”

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