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Welcome for new care home changes
Welcome for new care home changes
LONG-awaited changes which give more freedom to residents in care and nursing homes have been welcomed as 'steps towards normality'. 
The Government has said care home residents can now leave their homes for trips out provided they spend 14 days in isolation on their return. 
And the number of visitors they can have has doubled to two and they will be able to have small children visit too. 
Provider organisation the Independent Care Group said the changes were welcome but called on the Government to moderate its demand for 14 days' isolation. 
Chair Mike Padgham:'These changes will bring great benefits to people in care and nursing homes and to their families.  
"They are welcome steps towards normality and provided they are handled with care will bring a lot of pleasure. 
'But I do believe the need for 14 days' isolation in all cases after a trip out is excessive. 
'Yes, if a group of people are mixing with others during an outing, then some form of isolation might be necessary to mitigate any risk of Covid-19 being spread in a home of vulnerable people. 
'But where a group of people go out together, in a minibus for example, don't mix with anyone other than each other, who they live with all day every day, then it does seem to me that isolation, particularly for such a long period, might be unnecessary. 
'I think the Government should give homes the flexibility to judge each case on its merits and decide what level of isolation is needed following a trip out, otherwise there is a risk that it might not be worth doing.'

Care home wishes local children a 'hoppy' Easter
Care home wishes local children a 'hoppy' Easter
A BURY St Edmunds care home donated some special treats to local children this Easter. 
Team members and residents at Care UK's Glastonbury Court surprised the children at Little Teapots Pre-School with cards and treats to celebrate Easter. 
As part of their own egg-cellent celebrations, including an Easter egg hunt and raffle, residents at Glastonbury Court were keen to spread the festivities out into the local community too.  
Head chef Glenn Eldridge created goody bags for each child, while residents created their own cards for their younger friends. 
Home manager Melissa Cuevas said: 'We love celebrating Easter at Glastonbury Court, and we are keen to find new ways to connect with the community while restrictions are in place. 
'Prior to the pandemic, the children from Little Teapots often visited us at the home, and although we are unable to see them in person at the moment, we wanted to send them a special treat to let them know we can't wait to see them as soon as we are safely able. 
'Intergenerational relationships have many benefits for older people, from offering an increased sense of purpose, to providing an opportunity to reminisce about their younger years. Everyone loved making the cards, and we hope our friends at Little Teapots enjoy tucking into their chocolate treats.'

Cautious welcome for double visits
Cautious welcome for double visits
A GOVERNMENT announcement increasing the number of visitors care and nursing home residents can have has met with a cautious welcome from providers. 
Provider body The Independent Care Group said the increase from one to two visitors and the chance to see grand-children and great-grand-children again was good news for home residents and their families. 
The ICG has also supported calls for people over 65 living in care and nursing homes to be able to enjoy carefully organised trips out. 
The Government announced that from April 12 residents in care and nursing homes would be able to have up to two visitors plus small children - it has been just a single visitor since doors opened again on March 8. 
ICG chair Mike Padgham said: 'The announcement will be very welcome to home residents and their families, who have been restricted to just one visitor in recent weeks.  
'It will be nice to bring more people who have been apart for too long, back together and for many the chance to see grand-children and great-grand-children, in some cases for the first time. 
'We also support those calling for residents over 65 to be able to enjoy a trip out to get a change of scenery and some fresh air, as those under that age can. It is hard to object to a party of over-65s going out in a minibus, for example, to enjoy a change of scenery and some fresh air, provided they were careful. We would like to see the Government give greater guidance on this going forward. 
'Of course, in all of these things we must proceed with care, follow all the guidance on masks, social distancing, PPE and good hygiene. All relaxation of restrictions do bring with them risk, but we have to balance risk with the benefits these changes can bring. 
'Our message is: 'proceed with caution' adhere to the guidance and let's keep each other safe. 
'We also have to say to families that they will have to be patient with their local homes as these changes will place a lot more pressure on those settings. 
'It will mean added workload in terms of testing and managing visits, preparing residents to leave the building and so on. These are welcome changes for our residents and their families but will put further pressure on providers.'

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