This week, the Irish Department of Health announced measures to create safe visiting spaces in nursing homes. These funds will “help facilitate visiting over the winter period and Christmas.” Each nursing home was given a claim to help create safe visiting spaces after the Irish Association of Social Workers called on the government to “recognize safeguarding risks posed by limiting family visits.”
Social workers outlined “clear evidence of the harmful impact of separation both residents and families and the vital role families play in monitoring and reporting resident experiences of poor quality, care, neglect, or abuse.” Since this initiative, nursing homes have made effort to create unique spaces for safe visiting. This recent funding will help work towards more spaces, alongside “testing, infection prevention and control and providing PPE.”
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