Covid: Pods to be used for Christmas care home visits

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Covid: Pods to be used for Christmas care home visits

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Covid: Pods to be used for Christmas care home visits

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Temporary "pods" will be installed at Welsh care homes to facilitate family visits over Christmas,
the health minister said.

Vaughan Gething said the £3m pilot will see an initial 30 pods given to care homes ahead of
the festive period.

In total, he said 100 would be installed for a period of six months.

It comes after it was revealed 53 people were discharged from hospital into Welsh care homes
after a positive Covid test earlier in the pandemic.

Mr Gething said the visitor pods would expand capacity within care homes which lack internal
visiting space and struggle to accommodate socially-distanced visits from outsiders.

The cash will also include £1m to help care homes help to plan visits in other ways.

"We all know how difficult recent months have been for people living in care homes and their
loved ones, however ensuring the safety of our most vulnerable has always been paramount,"
Mr Gething explained.

"We recognise both the distress and sadness that has been experienced since March, but also
the desire from care homes to facilitate visits before and during Christmas as well as
throughout the winter.

"Having engaged with key stakeholders, we are confident these units are a way to enable
meaningful visits to take place."

Mary Wimbury, the chief executive of the industry body Care Forum Wales, said the move
was welcomed but she recognised it would not be a solution for all locations.

"Care homes are being asked to express interest in the pods, and they'll need to know
they have space for it - so it's not going to work for everybody," she told BBC Radio Wales'
Breakfast programme.

"What everyone wants is to put there residents, as safely as possible, back in touch with
loved ones.

"Meeting outside, especially as we get more wintery, is just not suitable for everybody."

She said she was pleased additional money was also being made available for homes where
pods may not be suitable.

"I think everyone is working really hard to do what they can to make visiting work,"
she added.

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