Family and friends of care home residents in South Tyneside are being invited to describe their experiences of visiting during the past year while social distancing restrictions have been in place.

Healthwatch South Tyneside has commissioned a research project looking at the impact of curbs on visiting on the mental health and wellbeing of all of those concerned – both staff and residents alike.

Gateshead-based independent research agency Bluegrass Research is carrying out the research for Healthwatch, and has developed online surveys for both relatives/friends and care home staff.

The relatives/friends’ survey asks questions including views on permitted access for visiting and the range of activities provided for residents of the borough’s 32 care homes during the lockdown period.

Healthwatch is an independent organisation and statutory body funded by the local authority to champion the views of patients and social care users in South Tyneside, with the goal of making services better and improving health and wellbeing.

Please complete the survey here.

If you would prefer to do the survey over the phone, please call Healthwatch South Tyneside on 0191 489 7952.