From Friday 10 July onwards, the friends and family of the residents of senior centres, nursing homes and service houses can also meet with the residents indoors. The meetings must always be agreed on in advance with the staff.
An indoor meeting may last up to two hours. Only two visitors are allowed at a time. The nurses will receive the visitors outside and guide them in. The visits will take place in the resident’s room or a separate visiting room.
The visitors will be given a surgical mask for the visit, which they must be wear for the entire duration of the visit. The nurses will instruct the visitors on how to use the masks. Friends and family of residents are also reminded to maintain good hand hygiene and to only visit when they are well. It is also essential that everyone maintains a sufficient safe distance of approximately two metres. For example, hugging is not allowed.
“At the moment, the coronavirus situation is calm enough to allow indoor visits. Nonetheless, we all need to ensure that the visits are safe. That’s why it’s important that the visitors follow the staff’s instructions and wear a surgical mask for the entire duration of the visit,” says Medical Director of Helsinki City Hospital Laura Pikkarainen, emphasising the importance of the safety measures.
“I’m sure many will want to meet with their friends and family indoors as soon as possible. We may not be able to schedule all meetings on the first days, so we must kindly ask you to be patient and understanding. It’s extremely important for us to keep the visits safe. Our nurses will instruct and guide all visitors personally,” Senior Centre Director Mari Sairanen adds.
Outdoor visits are still possible
“We hope that visitors will continue to favour outdoor meetings when possible. However, even outdoor meetings need to be agreed on in advance with the care institution,” Sairanen points out.
An outdoor visit may last up to two hours, and no more than five visitors may be present at a time. Remember to maintain good hand hygiene and safe distances during an outdoor meeting. When you maintain a 1–2 metre distance, you don't need a surgical mask. If you push a wheelchair, you do need to wear a mask.
You can request more information about the visits from your friend or relative’s care institution.
Photo: Marja Väänänen