Visits with physical contact return to nursing homes

The Sectoral Plan for the management of COVID-19 in residences has been updated to restore the normality of activity, interaction and links between residents and close people. The Plan recovers the visits of relatives, friends and caregivers in situations that guarantee the non-spread of the infection based on the classification of the residence.

Residences with a green category in which patients are not exposed to the virus “recover visits, always by appointment, and physical contact is allowed between visitors and residents”, according to Jonatan Triviño, technical director of the Residence Sant Joan de Déu de Martorell. Residences with a yellow situation also allow visits to those areas that have been enabled to receive them.

“Those residents newly incorporated into these residences, and who must therefore have a negative PCR test, are also allowed physical contact with visitors,” recalls Triviño. It is recommended that the number of visitors per resident not exceed three people. A daily record of visits is also maintained and a contact telephone number must be confirmed in order to facilitate the study of contacts.

Jonatan Triviño, director tècnic Residència Sant Joan de Déu de Martorell

Residents without risk of infection and who have the full vaccination schedule and those who have suffered from the disease in the previous six months should not be isolated. Neither should vaccinated residents with the full guideline but at risk of infection be isolated or quarantined for having been in close contact with a confirmed case. Screening is maintained every fortnight for vaccinated professionals and three a week for those who are not.

“For professionals who are vaccinated, the need to screen every fortnight remains. For those who are not, the number of screenings is still three a week. “Residents who have been properly vaccinated or who have already overcome the disease do not need to undergo screening tests or social restraint measures during the three months following the infection,” explains Triviño.

Jonatan Triviño, director tècnic Residència Sant Joan de Déu de Martorell

External professionals such as podiatrists or hairdressers and sporadic collaborators who have direct contact with residents should always do a ART before entering the residence. Emphasis is placed on the need for all professionals to complete the COVID-19 vaccination schedule as long as there are no specific contraindications.

“Although in our specific case, being a green residence, for weeks relatives and residents could maintain some physical contact, this news has been received with great joy and hope by users and relatives.” “We must continue to act with great caution and respect the protocols of health authorities, but as professionals we want to regain some normalcy, as the elderly are the ones who have suffered most from this pandemic,” said Triviño.

Jonatan Triviño, director tècnic Residència Sant Joan de Déu de Martorell

Isabel Alba, a technician from the Anoia de Martorell Residence Hall, which is also a green residence, comments that, “until now we visited in a space, with a table and a screen in the middle. Now this is eliminated and they can be approached and touched, but always maintaining hand hygiene and a mask ”.

Isabel Alba, tècnica de la Residència Anoia de Martorell

“The new measure favors us because on Sunday, September 19, on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21) we will make a show where relatives can come and accompany their residents “, he remarks.

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