Serious impact on home-visit nursing care New Corona April 30 13:05

According to the survey by the home-visit nursing group, almost half of the establishments that provide home-visit nursing have reduced the number of visits due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Many business establishments have no fixed destination for users to take when they take leave, and the issue is how to continue the home-visit nursing business.

The survey was conducted by the Japan Home-Visit Nursing Foundation at the end of this month, targeting approximately 2,700 business sites nationwide, and responded to 424 home-visit nursing stations.

Among these, 27 cases were already confirmed to be infected or suspected by users, but more than 80% of the offices answered that they lacked hygiene products to prevent infection.

In addition, 52% of the respondents answered that the number of home-visit nursing care has “decreased overall” since January.

The main reason for this is that the "users and family's willingness" to watch for infections were raised, and the number of visits to "rehabilitation" and "medical care" decreased.

Furthermore, when asked about the user's handover destination when they have no choice but to take leave, only 13% of respondents have "decided", 39% have "not decided", and 44% have "under consideration". It became clear that the issue is how to continue the business.

The Japan Home-Visit Nursing Foundation said, “There is a growing sense of crisis at the site of infection, and many respondents wanted to make health observations by telephone. In order to continue the business, it is necessary to urgently cooperate with local business offices. There is. "

Some business sites have reduced visits during large holidays

In order to reduce the risk of infection with the new coronavirus, some visiting nursing stations are forced to reduce the number of visits during large holidays.

At the Hosei Life Home Nursing Rehabilitation Station, a visiting nursing station in Isehara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, users have to call to see if they have any fever or other symptoms during their visit, and in addition to masks and gloves, do not get them. Instead of protective clothing, I have been wearing commercial shower caps and raincoats to take measures.

However, an infected person was confirmed at another welfare facility where the employee was working as a staff member, and in addition to this employee being on standby at home, there was also a case where the infected person appeared at the workplace of the user's family, which is a risk of infection. I was feeling an increase.

We have not found any business establishment that can take over the user if the business is infected and the business is closed, so to reduce the risk of infection as much as possible, a visit during the large consecutive holidays from 29th of this month to 6th of next month We decided to limit the number to users with disabilities that require medical care and to reduce it to about one third.

If the user feels ill during the period, we will call an emergency contact point for consultation 24 hours a day. Masutani Kanaya said, “Each business site has a limited number of people on a daily basis, and it is difficult to find a transfer destination if it is closed, which puts a strain on the user's family. , I would like to see support for home-visit nursing as well, which supports people who receive medical treatment at home. ”