one hour and prior appointment





The regional entity has also reported that the activity in the day centers for the elderly will start on the 15th initially with 50% of places.

The Diputación de Álava plans to allow the Visits from relatives in nursing homes from Monday, the 8th, by appointment, one hour and one visitor per resident which should preferably always be the same, in addition to the use of masks and gloves.

The provincial entity has also reported that the activity in the day centers for the elderly will start on the 15th initially with 50% of places and that the activity in the occupational centers for people with intellectual disabilities will start again that day.

The Alava County Council wants to go in this way, advancing in the de-escalation and leaving behind the phase of social isolation, and in the case of residences, gradually resume contact with families and usual activities.

The residences were closed for visits since last March 13 in order to avoid contagion. Now, with the foreseeable entry of the Basque Country into phase 3, they want to progressively resume until reaching normalization, but always depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the centers and in the community, so it can there may be some difference from one center to another.

Thus, the protocol established to reimpose visits, establishes that these will always be by appointment, one person per resident, preferably with the same family member but could alternate with another, and a maximum time of one hour per day.

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The visitor’s temperature will be taken and must remain in the center with a mask and gloves. The resident will also have to wear a mask.

The meeting will take place in a space within the residence arranged for this purpose, away from the room area and well ventilated.

In the event that the resident person is in isolation for having COVID-19 or for prevention, The visit will be allowed as long as it is carried out in the module for this purpose, establishing a security circuit of entry and exit to it, to avoid crossings with other residents and relatives.

In these cases, the visitor must be provided with a mask, screen, gloves, gowns and leggings. Preferably it will be the same person, the maximum daily time will be reduced to 20 minutes and physical contact will be avoided.

At the same time, and within the residences, the start-up of all possible activities to promote coexistence will also be promoted as soon as possible, always depending on the evolution of the pandemic. It will be done in groups of 10 to 15 people maximum.

People with COVID-19 and those who are in preventive isolation will be excluded from these activities and from going to common spaces.

Follow the recommendations against coronavirus from the health authorities. In the face of fake news, pay attention only to official sources. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. Also the Health Council will assist people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council telephone number: 948 290 290. Remember, the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is hand washing. Masks are mandatory in public transport, as well as in the street and closed spaces if the safety distance of two meters cannot be maintained.


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