The Malta Independent 25 September 2020, Friday

New protocols at old people’s homes in attempt to contain spread of virus

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 09:57 Last update: about 7 days ago

New protocols have been put in place in old people’s homes in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus, the government said.

Malta has seen a rapid rise in the number of cases in the past days, with many registered in old people’s homes.

Staff and residents are being swabbed more frequently, while all staff members are having their temperature taken twice a day. Workers are being told to “be responsible” in their private life.

All staff members must wear a mask and wash hands frequently.

The government is offering influenza vaccination both to the elderly residents and to the workers, the government said.

Each time a resident is swabbed, the family of the individual is to be informed.

Any elderly person who is admitted to a home will be kept in quarantine for 14 days, while residents returning to the home after spending time in hospital will be in quarantine for five days. Residents who have outpatient appointments will be monitored for any developing symptoms.

Protocols are in place for visits, the government said, advising anyone who is not well not to visit elderly people’s homes. Masks or visors need to be worn at all times and communication must be made from behind the Perspex.

The homes must be equipped with the necessary communication for the elderly people to remain in touch with their relatives. Trained personnel must be available to help in this communication exercise.

Any food brought from outside must be in containers that can be sealed, and should not be given directly to the residents.

Residents should stay within their group and not mingle with others in different wards or floors, the government said. Homes must provide space for hairdressing services, with the hairdressers also to follow the protocols established.

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