Following the recent increase in community transmission of Covid in the island and the confirmed cases at Reayrt Ny Baie residential home in Douglas, Manx Care is closing its Residential Care Homes for older people to non-essential visitors for an initial period of ten days. This includes visitors, new admissions and respite, and came into effect yesterday (Tuesday July 27) at 5.30pm

The gov said: ‘This decision has been taken following receipt of professional clinical advice, and in line with infection prevention and control guidance. During this period, Manx Care will establish a programme of Covid-19 surveillance testing and screening across all of its Residential Care Homes for older people to protect residents, staff and visitors in each unit.’

The homes affected are operated by Adult Social Care, and include:

  • Reayrt Ny Baie – Douglas
  • Southlands – Port St Mary
  • Cummal Mooar – Ramsey
  • Langness/Gansey – Port St Mary
  • Thie Meanagh/Sweetbriar – Douglas
  • Reayrt Skyal – Ramsey  

They added: ‘All Day Service provision for older people will remain open; however, some operational adjustments may be necessary. The revised Residential Care Home visitor policy will be uploaded on www.gov.im by 09:30 tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July).’

Jonathan Carey, Manx Care’s Head of Adult Social Care Operations, commented: ‘We understand that this decision may be distressing for some of our residents, their families and carers, and we don’t take decisions like this lightly. However, the decision has been taken based on clinical guidance and in the best interests of our residents and staff. During these temporary measures, we’ll do everything we can to help residents maintain contact with their families virtually, and make sure they’re supported with things like access to outside space.

‘Our Infection Prevention and Control Team will continue to support all of our Residential Care Homes for older people and provide any assistance that’s required.’

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