Specialists sound the alarm: major concerns about (corona) care in nursing homes

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That says Jacqueline de Groot to RTL News. She is a member of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) and also chairman of Verenso, the professional association of specialists in geriatric medicine.

The organization is seriously concerned: almost half of geriatric medicine specialists fear that the quality of their treatments will not be able to maintain the desired level in the near future. This is evident from a poll among its own members.

Scale down

“More than a third is already scaling down healthcare,” the organization reports. There are concerns about the quality and quantity of the care: “After all, the increasing number of infections also applies to personnel. Problems in the occupation due to illness or quarantine of care workers are increasingly arising. Specialists in geriatric medicine indicate that the workload is high and that number of places is already difficult to continue to provide basic care, “says Verenso.

In the hospital you can still scale down care, according to Verenso, but in a nursing home this is more difficult, according to De Groot. “In the nursing home it is all about residents. There you cannot simply scale up care. That means that residents are not washed or helped out of bed.”

But Verenso is ‘perhaps even more’ concerned about the vulnerable elderly at home. “The survey shows that home visits are being phased out considerably. Only 44 percent can keep those home visits at the same level.”

‘The virus is spreading rapidly’

Also according to Nurses and Care Providers Netherlands (V&VN) it is five to twelve. “The situation is very worrying at the moment”, chairman Gerton Heyne told RTL Nieuws.

“The virus is spreading rapidly. The pressure on nurses and carers is therefore high. Some of them have not yet rested from the first wave, to which is added the large influx of new covid patients and the dropout of infected colleagues.”

Mop with the tap open

He too is concerned about the situation in the nursing homes. “We are receiving signals that, in addition to vulnerable clients, more and more nurses and carers are also becoming infected. Sometimes even entire teams within one nursing home”, he says.

“This creates unrest and uncertainty, because how can you still provide sufficient care to vulnerable clients? It is a mop with the tap if no stricter measures follow.”





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