Lots of nursing and care homes are now on ‘lockdown’ to protect the health of some of society’s most vulnerable people. For their families and usual visitors, and of course for the elderly people in residential care, this is very difficult. Thank goodness for the dedication of caregivers who do a very difficult job for, in most cases, not much money.
In Bude, Trelana Nursing Homes has announced:
Whilst the Department of Health and Public Health England has not yet advised us to close, as a preventative measure we are asking visitors (including family members and friends) to refrain from visiting for the foreseeable future. Only staff and vital medical practitioners will be permitted access for the foreseeable future. Scheduled outings and visits from the local community and external entertainment have also been cancelled.
We have not taken this decision lightly but it’s a new illness and we do not know exactly how Coronavirus spreads from person to person. What we do know is that the risk of severe disease and death increases among elderly people and in people with underlying health risk conditions (in the same way as for seasonal flu).
Our team will do all they can to ensure that our residents remain as comfortable and sociable as possible.
We appreciate your support at this worrying time.