Nine nursing homes in Louth have implemented new visitor restrictions in an attempt to restrict the spread of Coronavirus in their facilities and among residents, staff and visitors.
The homes, members of Nursing Homes Ireland, have now banned non-essential visiting – while they have also said the children and groups will no longer be allowed into any of the facilities until further notice.
The homes affected are: Aras Mhuire (Beechgrove, Drogheda), Arbour Care (Carlingford), Dealgan House Nursing Home (Toberona), Moorehall Lodge (Ardee & Drogheda), St Francis Nursing Home (Dundalk), Sunhill Nursing Home (Termonfeckin), Blackrock Abbey Nursing Home and Trinity Care St Peter’s (Castlebellingham).
In a statement released on Friday, Nursing Homes Ireland said, “For the protection of nursing home residents, NHI has confirmed that visiting restrictions are now in place in nursing homes nationwide. No non-essential visiting, children or groups will be allowed.
“All visitors are asked to contact prior to attending. Visitors should only seek to attend in urgent circumstances and the management reserve the right to impose full restrictions where necessary.
“We urge prospective visitors to nursing homes to be cognisant and understanding of the measure that is required in the interest of resident and staff safety. Older people and people in nursing homes with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable if they contact the virus.
“The virus presents an unprecedented situation for our nursing homes and the care provided within them. Nursing homes are imposing the visitor restrictions in the best interests of residents and staff. We thank people for their understanding and patience during this period of unprecedent challenges presented by Covid19.
“Nursing Homes Ireland is monitoring the evolving situation on an ongoing basis and is in continuous contact with the Department of Health, National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), HSE and all relevant health authorities,” the statement concluded.
Earlier on Friday, Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan said they were closing the hospital to all visitors as cases of Covid-19 in Ireland rise.