Category: care home

Email Reveals Quebec Ministers Knew Earlier About Herron Care Home Tragedy

An email tabled at an inquest into pandemic deaths reveals Quebec cabinet ministers knew about the dire situation at the Herron long-term care home at least 10 days earlier than they had previously acknowledged. Forty-seven residents of the Montreal-area private care home died during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, leading to…


Care Home Staff Vacancy Rate Has Almost Doubled Since April: CQC

The UK social care industry is warning of a staffing crisis as shortages in care homes, exacerbated by vaccine mandates, continue to grow. Compounded by November’s “no jab no job” requirement for care home staff, the industry is warning of a staffing crisis in social care as the staff vacancy rate “continued to steadily increase”…


England’s Social Care Isolation Rules Relaxed Amid Concerns Over Staffing Shortages

Social care isolation rules have been relaxed following concerns over staff being off sick and problems discharging patients from hospitals. Previously, if a care home had at least two coronavirus cases, outbreak control measures—such as blocking new admissions and indoor visitors except those with essential caregiver status—were put in place for 28 days. The government…


Vaccine Mandate Has Led to Disciplinary Proceedings in England’s Care Homes, Say Owners

Care homes are embroiled in disciplinary proceedings over the Government’s “shambolic” mandatory vaccination policy for staff, further adding to the workforce pressures they face, a care group has said. The National Care Forum (NCF) said a number of its members estimate they will lose about 8 percent of staff by Thursday—the deadline for staff in…


Woman With Dementia Who Is Opposed to Vaccines Should Not Get Jab, Judge Rules

An 85-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and is in a care home should not be given a coronavirus vaccine, a judge has ruled. Mr. Justice Hayden was told that the woman, a former secretary at a factory in London, had a long-standing opposition to vaccines and would need to be restrained before being given…


UK to Allow Some Care Home Visits in England as Lockdown Eased

The British government announced on Saturday that it is loosening restrictions on care home visits in England as part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap to ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. For months, care home residents have only been able to see loved ones outdoors or through screens. But from March 8, they will be able…


UK Charities Calls for Care Home Visiting to Re-Start on March 1

England’s leading older person’s charity on Tuesday appealed for urgent action to restart care home visiting by the beginning of March, as many elderly residents have missed seeing loved ones for almost a year. “Getting back to a position where everyone can receive meaningful indoor visits is a matter of safety, common decency, and fundamental…


UK Vaccine ‘Milestone’ Should Trigger Restart of Care Home Visits Say Dementia Advocacy Groups

Visits to loved ones living in care homes should re-commence before residents have their second dose of a vaccine against the CCP virus, dementia support groups say. “We feel that now the first vaccination has been given, then we very quickly need to get back to meaningful visits,” said Julia Jones, co-founder of John’s Campaign, which…