nursing home visits

  • A Mayo TD is concerned about the loneliness and isolation felt by many elderly people in nursing homes, who are unable to see their families during the current Covid-19 restrictions.

    Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh raised the issue with the Taoiseach recently, to ask if there's more that can be done to enable family visits, in a safe way.

     The Erris-based TD is asking that the Government look at safe protective practices in other countries, and explore ways of providing a limited number of designated visitors who can visit their loved ones, following strict protocols.

     While commending the work being done in nursing homes at this difficult time, Deputy Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that she's concerned about the impact of no visitors on elderly residents.....

  • New guidelines have been issued in relation to visits to nursing homes.

    From next Monday, 7th December, residents can have one visit by one person per week when the country is at level 3 or 4 restrictions, and one visit every 2 weeks when at level 5.

    It will come as a relief to many residents, as window visits only were permitted for the last number of weeks.

    The Minister with responsibility for Older People Mary Butler has welcomed the new guidelines from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, and is asking all nursing home operators to make every practical effort to facilitate visiting in a safe way during Christmas and beyond.

  • Nursing homes are calling for clear guidance from the National Public Health Emergency Team in terms of re-allowing in-person visits in the coming weeks.

    NPHET will consider changes to nursing home visits at its meeting tomorrow, given that the majority of residents and staff have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

    Visits to nursing homes are severely restricted under the Level 5 lockdown.

    However, it's hoped that some visiting might resume in the coming weeks, under certain conditions.

    Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland is suggesting that visits would have to be pre-booked, with nominated visitors from each family, and with rapid antigen testing for visitors.

    Speaking to Tommy Marren earlier, Mr Daly said it's very welcome news that the vast majority of residents and staff are now fully vaccinated, but they have to remain cautious about the risk of allowing the virus into a facility through visitors....

  • From today, nursing home visits can increase to four per week where 80% of residents are fully vaccinated.

    Up to now, only two visits per week were allowed to a resident.

    The changes also mean that two people are allowed at each visit, whereas up to now, only one visitor was permitted.

    Tadhg Daly, CEO of Nursing Home Ireland says it's welcome news, and the increased visits are a direct result of the effectiveness of the vaccination roll-out in nursing homes.

     

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    Other countries are finding ways to ensure that nursing home residents will be able to enjoy a safe visit from a loved one this Christmas and Mayo deputy Rose Conway Walsh is calling on the Irish government to follow their lead.

    The HSE is to issue updated guidelines on nursing home restrictions later this week.

    Deputy Conway Walsh says that in England and Wales different initiatives are underway. The Welsh Government announced £3m for care homes to install temporary "pods" for Christmas visits.

    There will also be a pilot scheme to give care home visitors 20-minute Covid-19 tests starting next week.

    Speaking to Midwest News deputy Conway Walsh says Christmas can be a lonely time for many people, not least those isolated in nursing homes, and a safe way to allow visits now needs to be made a priority here.

    The deputy spoke to Midwest News about some of the initiatives underway overseas.