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Over a third of people in West Midlands don't think care homes are safe

With lockdown easing many of us are planning to visit our loved ones in care homes having done our best to communicate with them from a distance via various technologies and with plenty of help from caring and diligent staff.

However, when faced with the decision of whether to put a relative in a care home, people understandably have more reservations following the pandemic and need reassurance.

Around 69% of people across the West Midlands do not think it is safe to put a family member in care since the COVID-19 pandemic. More than half (53%) admit they would worry that their loved one’s health would deteriorate if they were to move into a care home while 40% would be apprehensive about not being able to visit them.

However, these concerns have no reflection on the way care workers have been perceived throughout the crisis, with around 62% saying they are more aware of the care industry than ever before.

Despite this, according to new research by dementia care specialists Vida Healthcare, 64% would like to see care homes introduce stricter guidelines and rules when it comes to cleanliness post-COVID-19, along with quicker access to medical supplies (46%) and better staffed care homes (59%).


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