In light of the updated Scottish Government advice around reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19 and shielding vulnerable groups, the Comhairle has taken the decision to restrict Care Home visiting to essential visits only with effect from 7:30pm this evening, Thursday 26th March.
Amongst those visitors who are deemed essential are immediate family members of service users receiving end-of-life care or service users who need substantial support because of dementia, a learning disability or autism, where not being present would cause the service user to be distressed. The Comhairle is also asking visitors to consider whether a visit is essential even in these circumstances.
The Comhairle is making this decision in order to help safeguard service users’ health and wellbeing.
Jack Libby, Head of Community Care, said: “Managers and senior staff from each Care Home will make contact with affected family members at the earliest opportunity today. We understand that this may cause some upset, however, this is a very serious and developing situation and we need to respond to medical advice and Scottish Government guidance when issued.
“The decision will be reviewed within 3 weeks and we will keep families appraised of any further developments.”