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BREAKING NEWS: Care home COVID deaths drop for fifth consecutive week

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Care home COVID-related deaths have continued to fall sharply in the latest figures published by the ONS.

Weekly COVID-related deaths in care home in England and Wales fell by a quarter to 383 in the week ending 5 March.

The numbers mark the fifth consecutive week that COVID deaths have fallen in care homes following the roll-out of the government’s vaccination programme.

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On a year-to-date basis, there were 31,278 deaths in care homes involving COVID-19 up to 5 March.

Deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes accounted for 17.4% of deaths, down from 22% in the week earlier.

The CQC reported 28,709 notifications of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes between 10 April 2020 and 12 March 2021. Of these, 157 were notified in the week up to 12 March.

Care Inspectorate Wales reported 1,890 deaths of residents involving COVID-19 in care homes between 1 March 2020 and 26 February 2021.

Independent Care Group (ICG) Chair Mike Padgham said: “Today’s fall in the COVID-19 death rate in care and nursing homes is excellent news and we hope and pray that it continues. But we are reaching a crucial time and now is not the moment for the Government to turn its back on the care sector.

“The pandemic hasn’t gone away and is still claiming the lives of loved ones. Many key elements of Government financial support for care settings against COVID-19 stop at the end of March but the reality is, coronavirus won’t stop then.

“If social care providers are to keep protecting their clients, staff and the wider community, we will continue to need that support and the Government must extend it.”

 

 

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  1. Like with some U.S. states, there was nursing home neglect in Canada before Covid-19, although the actual extent was made horrifically clear when the pandemic really hit.

    A most morbid example was the CHSLD Résidence Herron long-term care home in Quebec about 11 months ago, where 47 residents perished. The neglect had become so extreme that the Canadian Armed Forces got involved.

    Western business mentality and, by extension, collective society, allowed the well-being of our oldest family members to be decided by corporate profit-margin measures. And our governments mostly dared not intervene, perhaps because they feared being labelled as anti-business in our avidly capitalist culture.

    Clearly evidenced by the many needless care-home deaths, big business does not always practice what’s best for its consumers, including the most vulnerable.

    I’ve always admired some non-Western cultures for their general belief in and practice of not placing their aged family members in seniors care homes. As a result, family caregivers don’t have to worry over those loved-ones being left vulnerable by cost-cutting measures taken by some care-home business owners to maximize profits.

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