As the number of coronavirus infections is increasing again, more attention must be paid to the quality of long-term care. “The rising covid-19 infestations and the lack of care personnel due to illness or quarantine can easily again lead to scrapping to basic care and local lockdowns”, warn seventy caregivers in the manifesto published Saturday ‘Isolate the virus, not the people!
“ There are already some care institutions closed. There is a chance that in the second covid-19 wave, due to the delusion of the day, the quality of life of nursing homes and their loved ones again snow under. That worries us. And we must prevent”, warn the initiators Minister Hugo the Young of Health.
The manifesto was prepared by, among others, professor of long-term care Anne-Mei The, chairman of the board of the Humanitas Gijsbert van Herk foundation, writer and program maker Hugo Borst (Thuis op Zuid), doctor and philosopher Bert Keizer and Fatos Ipek, caretaker and founder Omaz.nu.
They come up with a plan where personal care and support are the starting point. Quality of life should also always be the starting point. Preventing health problems is part of quality of life, but it can never be the only determining factor, according to the authors.
“ It’s about locking out the virus, not locking down residents. Maximum creativity and customization are needed.”
Residents are full-fledged interlocutors and decision partners. “Own direction and autonomy of residents and dialogue with loved ones are paramount. This requires fair information and transparency on considerations.”
Novers play an important role. Instead of excluding them from the care organisation, they need to be involved in the consideration and decision making, but also in the additional care questions that arise when the number of coronavirus infections increases. The condition is that there are sufficient personal protective equipment and tests, also for visits.