Care homes fear being overwhelmed
Care providers today appealed to the public to be patient over the reintroduction of visiting to care and nursing homes.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) said it was excellent news that the Government had announced arrangements for care and nursing home residents to resume having in-home visits and for younger residents to visit loved ones themselves over Christmas.
But it warned that new systems would take time to introduce as the Government rolls out testing kits to thousands of homes across the country.
ICG Chair Mike Padgham said: “Yesterday’s news was excellent for all those families who have been apart from their loved ones for too long and every care and nursing home across the country will do its utmost to meet the arrangements the Government has announced.
“But this is going to be a huge undertaking and we appeal to families to be patient with their loved ones’ homes as they try to resume visiting as soon as they can.
“It is going to take time for the tests to reach all homes and then for staff to be trained up in the procedures needed to test relatives and then have them come into homes to see their family and friends.
“The public have shown amazing patience so far and we just appeal to them now to show a little more whilst we prepare for these long-awaited visits.”
The ICG represents care providers who look after people in their own homes, in care and nursing homes and extra care housing as well as providing day care and support for those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.