How elderly care works with covid-19
Lund Municipality has clear routines to reduce the risks of spreading infection within elderly care and want you to feel safe with the care we provide. Our employees stay at home even if signs of mild symptoms appear. We are extra careful about basic hygiene practices and use protective equipment as soon as someone shows signs of symptoms.
Visits in retirement homes
On October 1, 2020, the visiting ban at retirement homes in Sweden was lifted. You may now visit your near and dear ones in our facilities again. However, it is more important than ever that we cooperate and show great responsibility in order to minimize the risk of spreading the virus and to protect our elderly.
We ask our visitors to
- Visit only if you have no symptoms
- Wash and disinfect your hands before entering
- Avoid visiting our common areas
- Avoid visiting when we serve meals as it is not possible to respect social distancing at these occasions
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve
- Limit the number of visitors to two people at a time
- Try and avoid physical contact
Various accommodations may also have individual routines in order to secure a safe routine for receiving visitors safely. We would appreciate if you call the residential facilities before visiting thus enabling us to plan for your visit and to ensure that the risk of the virus spreading is kept at a minimum.
What happens if there is covid-19 in a retirement home?
As soon as a resident shows symptoms of covid-19, the person will be isolated in his apartment and testing conducted. Our staff will immediately start using personal protective equipment when working with people that exhibit symptoms.
If the resident proves to be positive for covid-19, we will inform relatives and also other persons living within the accommodation along with their relatives that covid-19 has been found. We will maintain close contact with Region Skåne and follow the guidelines they have developed. This means, among other things that:
- The person who has fallen ill will be isolated in their apartment until they are symptom free and an extra 48 hours. We will only terminate the isolation when an infection-free assessment has been made together with the responsible physician.
- All residents will remain in their own apartments and we will keep particularly observant of any symptoms that may occur.
- Only certain staff members will work with the infected person.
- We will increase cleaning routines and have no joint activities.
What happens if a home service user gets covid-19?
If a person receiving home service care displays symptoms of covid-19, our staff will immediately start using personal protective equipment when working with the person. Testing is conducted and if the user proves to be positive for covid-19, temporary accommodation is offered while they are contagious.
The temporary accommodation is a special unit where only people with covid-19 receive care and from staff who have been trained to care for people with covid-19. The accommodation is available to reduce the risk of infection being passed on to home care staff, relatives and others that the infected person may meet in their everyday lives.
Home care and nursing care can be affected
We may come to your home at a different time than you are used to, or we may need to set or change some of your planned care. You may also notice that other staff members may visit you, if we need to cover absences by calling on our temporary staff.
We always contact you if we are running very late and if there is someone new from our staff that you do not know, or if we need to change the care.