A leading care home executive has urged fellow providers not to turn their backs on people who have been tested positive for coronavirus.
Tony Stein, CEO of Healthcare Management Solutions, was reacting to a report by The Guardian last week in which an unnamed manager of a Buckinghamshire nursing home said they would either resign or refuse to abide by new government guidelines advising care homes to admit people with coronavirus.
The government guidance, which states that hospitals will not routinely test people being discharged, adds: “Some [returning] patients may have Covid-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. All of these patients can be safely cared for in a care home if this guidance is followed.”
Tony said he was horrified at the report’s suggestion that care home managers were threatening to resign because they were being asked to care for residents with COVID-19.
He added: “The people who are most at risk from this virus are the very people that we’ve been entrusted to care for. They would hope that in their time of greatest need we’d not turn our backs on them. If we as carers and medics are unprepared to stand up when we’re most needed then we don’t deserve to be considered professionals.”
The chief exec said care home operators were used to dealing with infections in their homes and were well-trained in stopping their spread.
“We know what to do and there is very clear guidance on how it should be done,” he added. “If there was ever a time when we should demonstrate our true value then this is it.”
Tony’s comments as further reports of COVID-19 related deaths came from care homes across the country. Eight residents died after showing coronavirus symptoms at HC-One’s Castle View Care Home in Dumbarton. Four resident deaths following coronavirus symptoms were also reported at Harry Sotnick House in Portsmouth and three more fatalities were recorded at Four Seasons’ Burlington Court in Glasgow bringing the number of deaths linked to the virus to 16.