Thursday, September 28, 2023

Residence halls call for preventative measures amid Covid recovery

Reactions to the resurgence in Covid infections across Spain are beginning to emerge. Now it is the nursing home platforms that have begun to mobilize about the risks of the virus, but also about the possible preventive measures that can be taken. In this sense, several platforms of family members and patients from Madrid residences wanted to express themselves their need to take preventative measures, but they ask “not to go back” in relation to the isolation of older people due to the impact this can have on their physical and mental health. For its part, the Community of Madrid advocates preventive measures but not the use of masks.

All this after the Association of Andalusian Senior Citizens’ Organizations (@foam_andalucia) advocated last week for the introduction of compulsory use of masks for visitors and staff in the centers where contagions are occurring due to the “increase in deaths and infections”. Over the last month, various Madrid platforms have committed to “not returning” and not exposing residents to new isolation, but advocating preventive measures in the event of the appearance of new cases.

In particular Marea de Residencias (@MareaResidencia) believes that this is the case “The situation must be normalized” since all vaccines are available and he does not think it is advisable to “go back”. However, it seems advisable to take “preventive measures,” such as using masks “when there are positive cases and taking care of immunocompromised residents or residents with palliative treatments,” platform sources told Europa Press.

Blind with cases and deaths in dorms

Although he currently realizes that You will not receive any information about deaths from Covid or those infected in residences From their point of view, they consider it “important” that staff “do not rotate between the different plants” and advocate carrying out periodic tests on direct care workers “as a preventative measure in the event of a Covid case”.

Nor to the platform for the dignity of older people in nursing homes (@pladigmare) is aware of an increase in Covid cases and, however, refers to the opinion of experts on the subject The organization draws attention to “psychological damage.” that “isolation measures” can lead to harm to residents, which “should never happen again.”

With Pladigmare you should bet on one Legislation that ensures “contact at all times” with at least one family member “while taking appropriate precautions.”

The Community of Madrid rules out a return to the use of masks

On the part of the Community of Madrid, sources from the Ministry of Family, Youth and Social Affairs recall that this falls under the jurisdiction of the Public Health Service The Ministry of Health is not considering requiring masks in nursing homes despite acknowledging the greater transmissibility of the new Covid-19 variants that have spread across the region in recent weeks.

In this sense, the consultant herself, Fátima Matute, recently emphasized that However, they are not more serious and in most cases do not require hospitalization. According to the latest available data, 16 outbreaks were recorded at senior centers during the week of August 28 to September 3, with 146 people infected and one of the 722 exposed people admitted.

In any case, Public Health recommends the use of masks in these facilities if residents or workers have respiratory symptoms in addition to checking compliance with the recommendations in the vaccination schedules among residents, regular care workers and workers and ensuring adequate ventilation in common areas, the ministry told Europa Press.

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