I write in response to your front page story and photo on visitor restrictions at nursing homes, and not a favourable response either.
I live at one. We’ve had four lockdowns since early in December. At one point, we had 20 people sick in one day and the staff were run off their feet.
I would also like to say thank you for the care we got in unit N1 Hoyles. Several people developed pneumonia. Our housekeeping staff worked tirelessly and long hours to disinfect the door knobs, light switches, even the walls.
Eastern Health did what they thought was best for the residents. The visitors had the viruses in the first place.
They should have been restricted even longer than they were. Some of our staff were off sick, too, each time we got invaded by the bugs.
Many people were affected — least of all the visitors, in my opinion. We don’t go places. Most people on my unit are bedridden and can’t go anywhere out in public except for hospital appointments. Some visitors wear perfume and we have people here with allergies. Please don’t criticize our nursing homes and their kindness and care.