Visiting for Grace Healthcare Homes

22nd December 2020

As the entire country moves to level 5 new changes have been made to the visiting policy in Nursing Homes Nationwide. From Christmas Eve, December 24th, framework level 5 restrictions will come into effect and visits to long term residential care facilities will be suspended with the exception of visits required for critical and compassionate circumstances.  The definition of compassionate and critical visiting for residents has been redefined, Level 5 allows for up to one visit every two weeks by one person, on compassionate grounds. Visitors are not expected to be swabbed prior to visiting the home, however strict adherence to hand hygiene protocols and appropriate use of face cloth coverings, or surgical masks will be facilitated.

The safety of our residents is paramount and therefore Grace Healthcare do not recommend residents leaving the home for any period of time over the Festive Season.

All measures are aligned with national guidance in relation to IPC, current and future guidance and recommendations with regard to social distancing, guidance for people over 70 years old and those extremely medically vulnerable and other public health measures, and in addition, current and future guidance specific to Nursing Homes.

All visits must be arranged with the Clinical Nurse Manager or Assistant Director in advance of any visit in a Grace Healthcare Home.

Visiting protocol is subject to change as per Government Guidelines, regulations and advice provided by the HPSC and HSE

Protecting the Health of Our Residents & Staff

For the protection of nursing home residents and staff, visiting restrictions are now in place in nursing homes nationwide.
No non-essential visiting, children or groups will be allowed.

All visitors are asked to contact prior to attending. Visitors should only seek to attend in urgent circumstances and the management reserve the right to impose full restrictions where necessary.

We urge prospective visitors to nursing homes to be cognisant and understanding of the measure that is required in the interest of resident and staff safety. Older people and people in nursing homes with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable if they contact the virus.

The virus presents an unprecedented situation for our nursing homes and the care provided within them. Nursing homes are imposing the visitor restrictions in the best interests of residents and staff. We thank people for their understanding and patience during this period of unprecedent challenges presented by Covid19.

We are monitoring the evolving situation on an ongoing basis and are in continuous contact with the Department of Health, National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), HSE and all relevant health authorities.

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Please remind all family members that they can best protect themselves from COVID-19 by regular and vigorous hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

It is also worth noting that, as an EU member state, Ireland is following the advice of the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Nursing in the respective Grace Healthcare Nursing Home.