21 October 2020

Nursing homes will go all out to prevent visiting bans during the second coronavirus wave

Dutch nursing homes say they want to avoid closing their doors to visitors during the second coronavirus wave if there is an infection among residents. At the same time, they say they can’t guarantee there will be no more visiting bans. For many homes, it is hard to find a balance between maintaining residents’ well-being on the one hand and preventing infection on the other. As a result, there is great uncertainty about the extent to which the new coronavirus wave will spread in nursing homes, and the impact it will have on residents, relatives and staff. These are the findings of recent research by Maastricht University (UM) and the Radboud university medical center in Nijmegen.