01/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2021 08:38
The risk of a coronavirus infection can be reduced with simple actions that we hope everyone visiting home care clients will follow.
- The home care employees follow the protection instructions closely and use surgical face masks. We hope that all relatives will do the same. Let's together ensure that visits are safe, says service district director, Soili Partanen.
In December, 22 coronavirus infections were found among home care clients. The number of infections has been growing, but the numbers have stayed moderate so far.
- The source of infection is not known in all cases but we know that some infections have also come from visitors, says the medical director of Helsinki City Hospital, Laura Pikkarainen.
Surgical face masks are handed out to home care clients
We will deliver single-use surgical face masks to all home care clients during January to be used by relatives and friends. We recommend using a face mask during the entire visit.
The home care services support people living at home with daily activities that the person does not manage alone. The clients also receive necessary health care. There are over 7,000 regular home care clients monthly.
Checklist for visiting elderly and those in risk groups
Picture: The city of Helsinki's Social Services and Health Care Division