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Latest COVID-19 restrictions will impact the elderly in nursing and care homes

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has today welcomed the updated guidance from Government and NPHET on attending funerals but is calling on the Government to relook at visiting restrictions in nursing and care homes announced last night.

From midnight tomorrow night, nursing and care home visits will cease, except in critical and compassionate circumstances.

Sharon Foley, CEO of IHF says “We fully appreciate the need for social distancing and minimising the spread of Covid-19. Restrictions on visiting nursing and care home facilities have been in place since March and while they eased somewhat over the summer, going back to a point where the elderly, many of whom suffer cognitive impairment, are reduced to no visits will see a further decline in their quality of life and is a distressing development for families left to wonder how they are coping.”

“I would urge the Taoiseach and the Chief Medical Officer to look again at these particular measures and assist families and loved ones at a deeply distressing time.”