September 18, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

“Cautious” welcome for indoor care home visits

A social care leader has given a “cautious” welcome to news that indoor care home visits are being allowed again in Carmarthenshire from August 29.

But Mary Wimbury, the chief executive of Care Forum Wales which represents nearly 500 providers, stressed the need for the visits to be properly “risk assessed” so that they are done safely in a way that did not place residents, families or staff at risk.

Back in March Care Forum Wales urged care homes to lockdown – well ahead of the Welsh Government advice to do so.

At the same time, they launched a campaign to “Shield Social Care and Save Lives”, calling for sufficient supplies of PPE, a comprehensive testing regime financial support to help the sector survive the economic storms caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In announcing the decision to allow indoor care home visits again, First Minister Mark Drakeford sai