AN advocate for the elderly has said he is “deeply concerned” about visitation restrictions that have been put in place for nursing homes.
Paddy O’Brien expressed his concern for the effect that restrictions could have, fearing residents could become “upset and stressed”.
“I’m very concerned about residents in nursing homes,” he said. “I am deeply concerned about them. There are family members who would have visited nursing homes every day.
“I’m not concerned about the families because they know what’s happening. I’m concerned about the elderly resident not knowing what’s happening on the outside. They could become very upset and stressed.”
He said he agrees with the HSE who “have to do this because it’s in the interest of everyone” but he said that he is concerned about what is going through the minds of elderly people and the “HSE have to look at that”.
“Elderly people are full of anxiety and fear and in nursing homes they can become ill,” he said.
“Nursing homes have to think of something. They could have a special room where each visitor could have a visit a week or something, but I don’t think it can continue the way it is at the moment with no visit whatsoever.”