Tadhg Daly

  • Nursing homes are calling for clear guidance from the National Public Health Emergency Team in terms of re-allowing in-person visits in the coming weeks.

    NPHET will consider changes to nursing home visits at its meeting tomorrow, given that the majority of residents and staff have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

    Visits to nursing homes are severely restricted under the Level 5 lockdown.

    However, it's hoped that some visiting might resume in the coming weeks, under certain conditions.

    Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland is suggesting that visits would have to be pre-booked, with nominated visitors from each family, and with rapid antigen testing for visitors.

    Speaking to Tommy Marren earlier, Mr Daly said it's very welcome news that the vast majority of residents and staff are now fully vaccinated, but they have to remain cautious about the risk of allowing the virus into a facility through visitors....

  • From today, nursing home visits can increase to four per week where 80% of residents are fully vaccinated.

    Up to now, only two visits per week were allowed to a resident.

    The changes also mean that two people are allowed at each visit, whereas up to now, only one visitor was permitted.

    Tadhg Daly, CEO of Nursing Home Ireland says it's welcome news, and the increased visits are a direct result of the effectiveness of the vaccination roll-out in nursing homes.

     

  • With the number of cases of Covid-19 increasing in the community, people visiting elderly and vulnerable relatives in nursing homes should be extra-vigilant and ensure all Covid-19 regulations are strictly adhered to.

    That's the message from Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland.

    With the winter season approaching, and the threat of flu as well as coronavirus, he says it's essential that nursing homes residents are protected from viruses.

    While nursing homes have been allowing restricted visitors over the past number of weeks, Tadhg Daly told Midwest News that, with the spike in Covid-19 cases nationally, everyone has an obligation to protect elderly nursing home residents as much as possible....

  • Restrictions on nursing home visits are to be eased from next Monday.

    New guidance from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre says that, from 19th July, routine visits will not need to be scheduled in advance, and a list of nominated visitors will no longer be necessary.

    The duration of a visit to a resident will not have to be limited, and the frequency of visits can also increase.

    The HPSC also recommends that residents should face fewer restrictions in relation to outings outside the nursing home.

    However, the guidance says no more than 2 visitors at any one time should be allowed, while limitations on visiting may be necessary where there's an outbreak of Covid-19.

    The restrictions on visiting are being eased, as most staff and residents are fully vaccinated.

    Tadhg Daly, CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland, has welcomed the changes.

    Speaking with Midwest News, he said this is a progression to more normalised visiting arrangements in nursing homes......