An international perspective on safe visiting for care home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wed 21st Jul 2021
In response to rising community transmission of COVID-19 and a growing number of care home outbreaks with rapid spread and high mortality, governments and care homes across the world enacted blanket bans on visitors early in the pandemic. However, evidence shows that visitor bans severely negatively impact the mood and behaviour of residents, resulting in a significant increase in psychotropic medication use. Evidence also suggests that bans increased feelings of guilt, fear, worry and isolation in residents’ families and may have contributed to reported increases in staff workload, stress and burnout. This webinar will present international evidence around the implementation of safe visiting in care homes and provide recommendations for implementing safe visiting will be provided.