Woman wearing a surgical mask.

Relative, remember to follow protection guidelines when visiting senior centres, service houses, nursing homes and hospitals

Some visitors have not wanted to follow protection guidelines when visiting senior centres, service houses, nursing homes and Helsinki’s hospitals. Visitors are reminded that it is extremely important for everyone to follow protection guidelines during visits.

“We are all responsible for ensuring that visits are safe. Visitors must follow the instructions provided by nurses and wear a surgical mask for the entire duration of their visit. Otherwise they are not allowed to visit. This applies to hospitals, senior centres, service houses and nursing homes,” emphasises Medical Director of Helsinki City Hospital Laura Pikkarainen.

“Visits must also be agreed upon in advance with the relative’s care institution so that the safety of the visit can be ensured. Surprise visits are not possible at the moment,” adds Eastern Service District Director Maritta Haavisto.

Although the coronavirus situation remains relatively calm, the number of infections has been clearly growing recently.

You can request more information on visits and protection guidelines from your friend or relative’s care institution.

Guidelines for indoor visits at senior centres, service houses and nursing homes

  • Visitors can meet residents indoors, but visits must always be agreed upon in advance.

  • Residents can receive visitors once a day and meetings can last for no more than two hours. Only two visitors are allowed at a time.

  • Before the meeting, visitors are received by nurses, who provide instructions on protection practices.
     
  • All visitors are provided surgical masks, which they must wear for the entire duration of the visit.

  • Visitors must take care of good hand hygiene.

  • You may only come for a visit when you are well.
     
  • Care must also be taken to maintain a safe distance of approximately 1–2 metres. Hugging is not allowed, for example.


Outdoor visits are still possible

  • We recommend holding visits primarily outdoors, the weather and the resident’s condition permitting.

  • Outdoor visits must also be agreed upon in advance.

  • An outdoor visit may last up to two hours, and no more than five visitors may be present at a time.

  • Surgical masks is highly recommended to be worn also during outdoor visits.

Guidelines for indoor visits at Helsinki’s hospitals

  • Visits are only allowed for near relatives.

  • Meetings must always be agreed upon in advance with the hospital ward staff.

  • Patients can receive visitors once a day and meetings can last for no more than 15 minutes. Only two visitors are allowed at a time. Visits take place in patient rooms.

  • Visitors are provided surgical masks, which they must wear for the entire duration of the visit. Nurses provide instructions on how to use the masks.

  • Visitors must take care of good hand hygiene.

  • You may only come for a visit when you are well.

  • Visitors must maintain a safe distance of approximately 1–2 metres. Hugging is not allowed, for example.

Outdoor visits are still possible at hospitals as well, the patient’s condition permitting

  • Outdoor visits must always be agreed upon in advance with the hospital ward staff.

  • Outdoor visits may last up to two hours, and no more than five visitors may be present at once.

  • Surgical masks must be worn during outdoor visits.

  • A safe distance of approximately 1–2 metres must be maintained during outdoor visits.

The hospitals of the City of Helsinki are the Laakso, Malmi and Suursuo hospitals.

 
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The news has bee updated 3.9.  Surgical masks is highly recommended to be worn also during outdoor visits at senior centres, nursing homes and service houses.