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Visits and outings permitted at nursing homes as restrictions are eased

As restrictions are eased at nursing homes as well as approximately 80% of residents being vaccinated, organised outings and more visits are now allowed.

Residents will now be allowed to have four visits by two people each week.

Once there is a high level of vaccination among the residents along with a risk assessment being conducted, residents will be able to partake in outings by car or bus.

According to Sage Advocacy Executive Director Sarah Lennon, a survey revealed that some families and relatives were unhappy with the approach that was taken by some nursing homes in terms of visiting.

Describing this action as a major step forward, the CEO of Alzheimers Society of Ireland ‘Pat McLoughlin’ welcomed the easing of restrictions.

Mr McLoughlin stated that there has been a lack of stimulation and socialisation in residents due to a decrease in face-to-face visits.

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