Manx Care has today began a phased re-opening of residential care homes that had been closed last month.
Closures had been in place in eight homes operated by the Adult Social Care division of Manx Care as a result of a number of confirmed Covid cases and increased levels of community transmission.
The Manx Care run homes that have begun a staged reopening are:
- Southlands – Port St Mary
- Cummal Mooar – Ramsey
- Langness/Gansey – Port St Mary
- Thie Meanagh/Sweetbriar – Douglas
- Reayrt Skyal – Ramsey
However for the next 14 days, there will be some restrictions in place to ensure a controlled and manageable move to opening fully:
- All visits must be pre-arranged with the management team of each home
- Visiting will be restricted to one person at any time and will be for 15 minutes
- All visitors will be asked to carry out a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) at each home prior to the visit, and be required to comply with PPE and hand hygiene guidance
- In addition Manx Care is strongly recommending that during this 14 day period residents do not leave the care home for visits with family/friends, with the exception of urgent or emergency medical treatments
This guidance will in place until 27 August when it will be reviewed.
However, Reayrt-ny-Baie in Douglas will remain closed until Friday 20 August, at which point the position will be reviewed, due to the continued outbreak of Covid in the home which is impacting both residents and staff.
Manx Care chairman Andrew Foster said: ‘We are pleased to be in a position where we are now able to begin the reintroduction of visiting to our care homes. However, we have a duty of care to protect our vulnerable residents and our staff and therefore this will be with some mitigations and restrictions in place for two weeks.’
‘We understand that this has been an incredibly difficult time for both friends and family, but also for our staff who have worked tirelessly through such a challenging time to continue delivering a safe service. During this time our staff have received some unacceptable abuse from frustrated and upset families and friends. I would ask that we please be kind and have patience with each other while these protective measures are in place.’