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%).