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Bosses of old people’s home spark fury with Covid-themed word search including ‘ventilators’ and ‘fear’

PUZZLING

BOSSES at an old folks’ home sparked fury when they sent round a Covid-themed word search including the terms ‘ventilators’, ‘fear’ and ‘'pneumonia’.

Residents at the independent living complex were horrified when the puzzle was posted through their doors.

It also included the words 'bats', 'contagious', 'quarantine', 'isolate' and 'job losses’.

It was delivered to residents at Vyner House, in York, North Yorkshire, as part of a newsletter explaining the new rules when the city was placed in Tier 2.

The daughter of a 94-year-old woman said: “What were they thinking, giving this to elderly people who have been isolating in varying degrees for the last seven months?

“We were so horrified we didn’t know where to turn. Some people who live there are on their own and the thought of going in to a nursing home or on to a ventilator could be very frightening.

“I find it pretty unpleasant and adding ‘just for fun’ just seems to make it all the more cruel.

“People are actually losing their jobs because of the impact of this virus and how that could be deemed ‘fun’ by anyone is beyond me.”

A spokesperson for Accent said: “This was an unfortunate mistake which was not meant to cause any upset to our residents, but we appreciate it has and we will be apologising to them.

“Newsletters of this nature are often produced locally with good intentions and we usually receive positive feedback from our residents.

“However, we recognise this one was inappropriate and, through some extra training, we will make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

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