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“The freedom to come and go” in nursing homes will become the rule from May 19

The government presented this Wednesday evening, May 12, the protective measures against Covid-19 which will be in force in institutions for the elderly from May 19, “The freedom to come and go” becoming the rule for residents and their families.

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With this new health protocol, the aim is to support “A gradual return to normal”, detailed the Minister for Autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon, in a press release.

“The success of the vaccination campaign as well as the improvement of the health situation today justify relaxing the protective measures and really organizing the reunion between residents and their relatives”, she added.

Restrictions from three cases

From May 19, residents of nursing homes (accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people), USLDs (long-term care units) and independent residences will be able to benefit, “Like the rest of the general population, the opportunity to see their loved ones and respect for their freedom to come and go”, indicates the press release.

Restriction measures, which will become the exception, will no longer be implemented as soon as a case of Covid appears among residents but “From three cases, that is to say the appearance of a cluster”.

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The introduction of restrictions must now be the subject of a dialogue “Between the representatives of the establishment, residents and families, through consultation with the establishment’s social life council (CVS)”.

“Any exit ban should be banned”

Finally, all day care centers, including those that do not have a separate entrance to an establishment, are authorized to reopen.

On May 4, the Defender of Rights ruled that the right to ” private and family life “ had been more hampered during the health crisis for nursing home residents than for the rest of the population.

This Wednesday on RTL, Brigitte Bourguignon admitted: ” today, we have abusive situations. I’m not afraid to say it ”, adding than “Any exit ban should be banned”.

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