If there is a second wave of corona infections, the De Wever residential care center in Tilburg no longer wants to lock the doors of all care homes. The rigorous closure of nursing homes caused dire situations during the corona crisis. Family members even had to keep their distance when a loved one died.
Chantal Beks, member of the Executive Board of De Wever: “If you cut through the meeting between residents and their neighbors, you will interfere with the quality of life. We have done everything we can to alleviate that pain, but we have also done well felt that it had a huge impact for many residents. “
Chantal Beks shows us around, together with cluster manager Lizette de Laat, in the Satijnhof residential care center in Tilburg South. There is a relaxed atmosphere. Outside residents and Satijnhof residents are having coffee, which is indicated via a makeshift hatch, so that not everyone has to enter.
The center sprang from the dance during the first corona wave. It was one of the two locations of De Wever with not one corona infection. But still the house had to be locked. This not only had a great impact on the residents, but certainly also on the neighborhood. Many elderly people came to drink a cup of coffee every day or took part in Satijnhof’s activities. That everything had to be locked completely caused a lot of loneliness.
Lizette de Laat and Chantal Beks hope that local policy can be made in a second wave. Just as it now happens with the use of mouth masks. De Laat: “The first time was far too rigorous. In a second wave, I would choose to open the restaurant alternately for the neighborhood and for the residents. You want to deliver custom work.”
De Wever would prefer to set up separate COVID departments in a second wave in order to minimize the risk of collective contamination. Chantal Beks: “We had more than 100 infections in 15 locations in the peak of corona at the end of March. We reached zero again at the end of May. We learned very well how to contain an infection. In the first wave we closed a whole Department. Then the infected resident in that department could still walk around. Ethically, that is very difficult because the other residents run the risk of becoming infected. “
Whether there will be a second wave is, of course, looking at coffee grounds. Although Beks is a bit worried: “Tilburg is still going well, but West Brabant is a fire.”
Staff are also concerned about the future. Beks: “In March, the staff were caught in an adrenaline rush. They were heroes, they clapped for them. Everyone worked twice as hard. When we asked for a cake, we had twenty two hours later. But that’s a little bit extinct And the effect of that hard work is now being processed by the staff. There is more fear of a second wave and that requires different attention. “