At AMRI we are committed to supporting our members during the Covid19 pandemic.  

Our Covid Helpline

087 9844779

or email

Email: neville.sandra@gmail.com

Public Health Information

As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/.

 

You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/covid-19a-z/

**Update for congregated settings post vaccination 3rd March 2021**

 

Message for residential care facilities

Close contacts among residents – 14 days still required

For nursing home residents

  • Guidelines on 14 days quarantine required for new admission to NHs has NOT changed

  • Guidelines on 14 days restricted movements required for close contacts in NH residents has NOT changed

(Under current guidance for most other close contacts now, contacts can undertake a test at Day 10 and if this is not detected they can stop restricting movements.)

Maintain vigilance even after vaccinations

With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine we are entering a transition phase.

We want to remind all staff that even after you have been vaccinated you need to stay vigilant and continue to observe public health guidance to reduce spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine will reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with COVID-19.

However

  • A vaccinated person may still carry the virus and might spread it to others.

  • No vaccine is 100% effective.

  • It takes a few weeks for your body to build up protection following vaccination.

 

Further information is available at: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/covid19vaccineinfo4hps/

              Self-Isolation as a result of experiencing symptoms and/or
a positive Covid-19 test.

Follow Public Health Guidelines.  For Daily Updates visit www.gov.ie / health-covid19

 

A range of guidance documents are available at https://www.hpsc.ie/  this site is regularly updated as the situation evolves.  

 

HSE Helpline: 1850 24 1850.

Where:
 

  • You will be required to remain in your bedroom for a period of 14 days. If possible, this room should have bathroom facilities, if you are using a shared facility please only enter when no one else is there, clean the door handles and surfaces that you touch with disinfectant wipes or disinfectant solution and cloth following use.

 

         You will need to continue to self-isolate until both of these apply

                             No fever for 5 days.

                            It has been 14 days since you first developed symptoms.

 

Your wellness:

 

  • Keep yourself hydrated, drinking water would be recommended.

  • Try to get some rest and sleep during this period.

  • Always comply with good respiratory etiquette i.e. cover your nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing and the use of paper tissues.

  • Wash your hands frequently following the correct method.

  • Communicate with the person in charge on a regular basis and especially if you feel unwell.

  • Keep in contact with family and friends by phone; ensure you have your phone charged at all times.

  • Exercise within your room and if feeling well in the second week of self-isolation you may be allowed out for short walks in the corridor when the other residents are at meals or in a garden space provided you can remain two meters apart from other residents. You may be requested to wear a mask during these times in case you encounter someone.

  • Keep yourself occupied with books, jigsaws, crafts, etc.

 

 

Those caring for you:

 

  • Will follow all guidelines to protect themselves and you.

  • Your temperature and symptoms will be checked twice daily. If symptoms deteriorate contact G.P.

  • All those who are in contact with you for the purpose of care will wear a surgical mask, apron and gloves and where necessary full PPE. They will wash their hands with antibacterial soap or  hand sanitising gel every time before they put on gloves and after they take off gloves.

  • A table with gloves, aprons, disinfectant wipes, bins, bags, and paper towelling will be placed outside   the bedroom door). Together with PPE and alcohol-based hand rub.    

  • If possible one or two people will be nominated to liaise with you, they will be aware of your condition and diagnosis and will ensure confidentiality.

  • They will make sure you have the following; hot running water, soap, hand  gel with at least 70% alcohol content, disposable gloves (only use when you are unable to wash or disinfect hands), paper towel, lined pedal  bin and spare bags .   

  • Those in the community will be informed that you are not receiving visitors external or internal (note on door stating same). They will be asked to make contact with you via phone should you wish.

  • It is important to keep the spirits up of those in self-isolation as it can get lonely and claustrophobic.

 

 

Bedroom:

  • If possible, this room should have window that can open and as much as possible keep this window open, even slightly ajar.

All surfaces should be cleaned on a daily basis with disinfectant (doorknobs, tabletops, bathroom fixtures, toilet, toilet handles, light switches, remote controls, window handles etc.)

 

Meals:

  • All your meals will be served in your room, a tray will be left on a chair outside your room, the person delivering the tray will knock when they arrive with your meal. Please return your tray to the chair when finished. All dishes and cutlery will be handled by someone wearing gloves and washed in a dishwasher.

 

Laundry:

  • Place your laundry in the bag provide, your clothes will be washed separately to the other residents.

Bed linen only changed once a week, please do not shake bed linen when making the bed or changing. Please wash your hands after touching laundry.

 

 

Waste:

  • All waste should be doubled bagged in the bags provided and left outside your door for collection. Please ensure you wash your hands prior to bagging in the second bag and also after leaving outside the door. Waste will be collected by someone wearing gloves. All waste will be placed in a bag labelled with the date and kept in a designated area for three days prior to placing in the waste collection bin.

Please use paper tissues, single use and dispose safely in closed waste bin (pedal operated preferable)

Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those, which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.

Self-Isolation/Restricted movements as a result of discharge from Hospital/ Nursing Home to home/community with a Covid-19 negative test.

(  Ref:   V1.2 Admissions, transfers to and discharges from residential care facilities 23.12.2020 HSE)

Follow Public Health Guidelines.  For Daily Updates visit www.gov.ie / health-covid19

 

A range of guidance documents are available at https://www.hpsc.ie/  this site is regularly updated as the situation evolves. 

 

HSE Helpline: 1850 24 1850.

Testing for SARS-CoV-2 should be undertaken within the three days prior to discharge from the acute hospital. A single test is generally sufficient but a second test between day 5 and day 7 may be considered if the resident is transferred from a ward or unit with an outbreak of COVID-19. Results should be available before the person is discharged.

 

Current estimates suggest that the time between exposure to the virus and developing symptoms (incubation period) is from five to six days for most people, but can range from one to 14 days.
(Ref: V6.3 pg. 14, 01.03.21, Interim Public Health, Infection Prevention & Control Guidelines on the Prevention  and Management of Covid – 19, Cases and outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities.)   


Where:

 

The returned resident must be accommodated (preferably) in a single room, for 14 days after arrival to the community, regardless of test result.

The resident is not required to remain in strict isolation, but should practice restricted movement

For example:  

  • The resident may leave their room, but should remain separated from other residents (e.g., to go the garden or for a short walk)

  • The resident should not dine in the communal dining areas.

  • The resident should not attend any group activities.


All other guidance as per the self-isolation guidance should be abided by for the 14 days.

 

Your wellness:

 

  • Keep yourself hydrated, drinking water is  recommended.

  • Try to get some rest and sleep during this period.

  • Always comply with good respiratory etiquette i.e. cover your nose or mouth when coughing or sneezing and the use of paper tissues.

  • Wash your hands frequently following the correct method.

  • Communicate with the person in charge on a regular basis and especially if you feel unwell. Your GP may need to be contacted if you become unwell.

  • Keep in contact with family and friends by phone; ensure you have your phone charged at all times.

  • if feeling well and free of symptoms  you may take  short walks in the corridor when the other residents are at meals or in a garden space provided you can remain two meters apart from other residents. You may be requested to wear a mask during these times in case you encounter someone.

  • Do not dine in communal dining areas.

  • Do not attend group activities.

  • Do not share papers / books.

  • Keep yourself occupied with books, jigsaws, crafts, etc.

 

Those caring for you:

 

  • Will follow all guidelines to protect themselves and you.

  • Your state of wellness will be checked with symptoms and temperature noted.

  • All those who are in contact with you for the purpose of care will wear a surgical mask, apron and gloves and where necessary full PPE. They will wash their hands with antibacterial soap or  hand sanitising gel every time before they put on gloves and after they take off gloves.

  • A table with gloves, aprons, disinfectant wipes, bins, bags, and paper towelling will be placed outside   the bedroom door, together with PPE and alcohol-based hand rub.    

  • If possible one or two people will be nominated to liaise with you and will maintain  confidentiality.

  • They will make sure you have the following; hot running water, soap, hand  gel with at least 70% alcohol content, disposable gloves (only use when you are unable to wash or disinfect hands), paper towel, lined pedal  bin and spare bags .   

  • Those in the community will be informed that you are not receiving visitors external or internal (note on door stating same). They will be asked to make contact with you via phone should you wish.

  • It is important to keep the spirits up of those in self-isolation/restricting movements as it can be a difficult time. 

 

Bedroom:

  • If possible, this room should have window that can open and as much as possible keep this window open, even slightly ajar. All surfaces should be cleaned on a daily basis with disinfectant (doorknobs, tabletops, bathroom fixtures, toilet, toilet handles, light switches, remote controls, window handles etc.) If possible this room should have bathroom facilities, if you are using a shared facility, please only enter when no one else is there, clean the door handles and surfaces that you touch with disinfectant wipes or disinfectant solution and cloth following use.

 


Meals:

  • All your meals will be served in your room, a tray will be left on a chair outside your room, the person delivering the tray will knock when they arrive with your meal. Please return your tray to the chair when finished. All dishes and cutlery will be handled by someone wearing gloves and washed in a dishwasher.

 

 

Laundry:

 

  • Place your laundry in the bag provided, your clothes will be washed separately to the other residents.

  • Bed linen only changed once a week, please do not shake bed linen when making the bed or changing. Please wash your hands after touching laundry.


Waste:

  • All waste should be doubled bagged in the bags provided and left outside your door for collection. Please ensure you wash your hands prior to bagging in the second bag and also after leaving outside the door. Waste will be collected by someone wearing gloves. All waste will be placed in a bag labelled with the date and kept in a designated area for three days prior to placing in the waste collection bin.

  • Please use paper tissues, single use and dispose safely in closed waste bin (pedal operated preferable)


 

 

Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those, which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.

ASSOCIATION OF Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of IRELAND CLG, AMRI is a registered Charity. CRA 20023263.

Registered in Dublin, Ireland. Charity Number: 9301. Company Registration: 529508.

Directors: Brendan Coffey, Edmund Garvey, Evelyn Greene, John Hennebry, Rita Kelly, Mary Hanrahan, Kathleen McGarvey, Paula Molloy, Aidan McGrath, Thomas O’Connor, Sally Roddy, Timothy Lehane.