‘Conditions in care homes are barbaric – prisoners have more rights than my OAP mum’

It was supposed to the happy moment Jeffery Heoward saw his mother again after six long weeks of lockdown.

And although he knew they wouldn’t be able to hug and kiss, or sit and hold hands as they’d used to, at least they could chat and catch up.

But his long-awaited reunion with mum Dorothy in her care home in Littlehampton, West Sussex, quickly turned into one of the most distressing moments of his life.

Just weeks earlier the 73-year-old, who was suffering from dementia, would still chat happily, discuss what was going on in the world and had no problems recognising her five children and 13 grandchildren.

But now the once busy mother and former pub landlady was just a shell of herself – she hardly spoke or smiled, and had to be reminded who he was.

Dorothy has dramatically changed in the last seven months
Dorothy has dramatically changed in the last seven months
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