Bishop participates to guard nursing residence residents and report deaths

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Demand increased this week for Covid-19 nursing home deaths reported in the government's daily press conference, along with the number of hospital deaths. Pressure increased after Minister of Labor and Pensions Thérèse Coffey said on Monday that she understood the number of deaths in nursing home residents as "about 1,000".

Ms. Coffey also said that nursing homes would be equipped with the right equipment to adequately care for residents. "Nursing home providers can access PSA (Personal Protective Equipment) from wholesalers and others who do not distinguish between social care or local NHS care," she told ITV on Monday. "However, we will continue to ensure that they are part of the delivery network . "

There are 11,300 elderly care homes in the UK. Figures earlier this week showed that 2099 was affected by the corona virus, causing Age UK to indicate that the virus was “wild” in them. Ninety-two houses are said to have erupted in a single day. The director of the charity, Caroline Abrahams, said the current numbers "airbrush the elderly as if they don't care".

Your comment has been repeated by many. Bishop of Ripon, Rev. Helen-Ann Hartley, said on Tuesday: “For the past few days, I have been deeply concerned that the numbers reported about those who died from Covid-19 are not nursing numbers contain. Home sector. Each government must be held accountable for how it cares for and is responsible for its most vulnerable citizens.

“Residents and employees of nursing homes are often forgotten. It is true that organizations such as the Alzheimer Society and Care England draw our attention to the hidden plight of nursing homes and I support them with their voices to support the call for the widest possible reporting. "

Age UK and other charities also responded quickly last week to what it called "shocking examples" of making blanket care and treatment decisions that are available to older and vulnerable people under pressure "Do not" sign Try CPR forms. In addition, many of those affected have experienced fear and fear that their lives and desires play no role. It is shameful and unacceptable. "

The pastor Dr. Chris Swift is Director of Pastoral and Spirituality at the Methodist Charity MHA, which has 90 specialized nursing homes in its portfolio of residential and retirement homes. Some, he said on Tuesday, had had several deaths. The lack of testing meant that the majority of people who were believed to have died of Covid 19 symptoms would not necessarily have been tested and likely would not have been tested post mortem. So every figure could only be "a good guess".

The houses were asked not to have News 24 all the time, as this was "not helpful for the residents," he said. "You hear that you are the group that is most likely to die. It is important that we do not almost see this as an excuse for acceptance. Yes, death may have been accelerated slightly in some cases, but we must not lose sight of the circumstances in which they die. You can't have a family with you. You could have been part of a couple that isolated others. These are complications that will lead to complicated grief. "

The churches, said Dr. Swift, really had to think about what they would do to respond to this grief and lack of closure, as it could take a long time for large people to gather nearby, for example, at the memorial service, would be considered safe. There was "layer by layer complexity".

Chaplains continue to go to nursing homes because infection control is part of their development and they have an NHS standard PSA. At the start of the outbreak, MHA set up a pastoral support system, including telephone and video connections to families who are unable to visit their relatives. However, people with dementia or impaired cognitive or communication skills may be confused by some of these things, Dr. Swift. The intense, short periods of multiple deaths had resulted in what he called "real emotional wear and tear" for employees. "We address it, but nobody has experience with it."

In terms of end-of-life preferences, MHA had a good track record of speaking to people about their needs, which were documented early. "We will do everything we can to support someone's wishes," said Dr. Swift. The sector is also starting to think about the consequences, he said, as nursing homes could be one of the last places to be relieved each time the block was relieved. "It will make all of these other things tedious. It's not just about MHA, it's about the whole sector, ”he said. "We pay (nursing staff) a living wage, but many do not. And we pay this small amount of money to people who are afraid and go to these places."

A nursing staff and a retired nurse who works in a house that was closed very early said that no one has knowingly been infected with the virus yet. The staff worked very hard with their “stoic residents” to keep everything as normal as possible, with daily activities and video and phone calls for everyone who wanted them over Easter.

The news was not broadcast in the lounge, and employees carefully watched what dementia patients saw on their own TVs. “Headlines in the daily news can affect the mood of the day, and I think some residents find that nursing homes are the cinderella of our healthcare system, which of course worries them. They ask, "Will there be enough staff if you all get sick?"

The staff there had very little PSA, she said, "just the usual plastic aprons that are so thin that they break and a box of surgical masks that are kept in reserve," in case we have a resident with the virus. "They weren't clothes. The nursing staff had bought their own safety glasses and made visors out of hair bands and plastic wallets. The staff had no training on how to wear PPE appropriate to the virus or how to safely remove PSA," she said.

There are plans to isolate cases and, if necessary, to separate part of the house. But this home also offers community care in a mix of outpatient and home care recommended by the Care Quality Commission. The staff visit the community during a shift at home. "All we have in the community are gloves and aprons, and I have a mask in my pocket" in case you come across someone who is infected "- how would we know?" She said. “It seems to be one of the biggest cross-infection risks we take because we have no control over who else goes into our customers' homes.

“As more and more households report cases, it feels like we're sitting on a time bomb. What I notice is the total unpreparedness of the entire sector for a pandemic of this kind. The managers have done their best, but there is an astonishing lack of equipment and the feeling that it is difficult to use what we have there we never know if we will get more.

“It's also very difficult to find information about policies and resources. Online information is often out of date or totally inappropriate for the real needs of older vulnerable people. There is a lack of medically or scientifically sound advice for managers and employees to deal with this crisis. Many caregivers have no knowledge of basic non-contact techniques, and managers are unsure of what procedures to take and what training to take. The official guidelines on safe practice cannot be followed by a caregiver who deals with close physical contact and body fluids around the clock without PSA.

“Hospitals are trying to take care of patients who may or have had the virus. We resisted the knowing introduction of the virus into the apartment. However, it is a big question how such patients are treated when the number increases. "

The Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted on Wednesday evening: "Today I pray for those in nursing homes who suffer from #coronavirus and for those who work in such difficult conditions to care for them with exceptional commitment."

Selfless contribution. Bishop of Carlisle, Rt. Rev. James Newcome, senior bishop for health and social care, said:

While we continue to work together to address the coronavirus pandemic, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on the great work done by health professionals and NHS personnel. It is impossible to exaggerate how much we owe them; without them, the challenge would have been immeasurably discouraging.

The nursing home staff's contribution was no less selfless and self-sacrificing. They are our heroes too. Day after day and night after night, they care for our older citizens, some of whom are among the most vulnerable in our society.

We owe gratitude to them and to the people who care for them.

It is a priority for any civilized and humane society to ensure that elderly people in nursing homes are treated with dignity, protected from harm and cared for in the best possible way. These older citizens have friends and families they love. They have spent their lives building the society that until recently we took for granted. Your past has built our present.

But they are not people of the past; They are also people of the present and people of the future. Your presence and well-being are important to all of us. No person is of less or greater value than anyone else. We all have the same God-given dignity; we all share the same intrinsic value.

Unfortunately, some nursing home residents have contracted Covid-19 and some have died.

It is therefore important that at all levels of society, from the government to the individual citizen, we do our part to shield the residents of nursing homes and to support the staff who care for them. From ensuring the availability of PPE (considering the logistical challenge) to following public health advice to stay at home and save lives, every step must be taken to protect those most vulnerable to it Are virus.

We cannot separate one part of our society from another; We cannot divide our communities into sectors and institutions, and we appreciate the attention the government is now devoting to this issue.

We continue to stand together.

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