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Shanghai authorities tighten visits to senior homes

ALL visits to senior homes have been suspended as authorities tighten epidemic prevention measures, Shanghai’s civil affairs bureau announced last night.

Nucleic acid test reports are required from those who need to make a visit. They should also move on designated routes and follow prevention and control requirements, the bureau said.

Staff working at senior homes should not leave unless necessary and they should avoid visiting crowded areas.

Unified meals and accommodation are suggested for staff, and separate management of living areas of senior residents and other areas will be imposed.

Community-based canteens serving the elderly should control the number of diners and keep a distance among tables. They are being encouraged to provide more takeaway services, the bureau said.

Comprehensive senior service and day-care centers, and activity venues for the elderly, have been ordered to suspend all training and lectures to prevent gatherings, implement strict temperature checks and disinfection, and limit the number of visitors.

Senior care facilities in medium- or high-risk areas must stop all services, according to the bureau.

Care visits to homes of the elderly can be suspended with the agreement of the families, while the service will continue for seniors living alone or families facing heavy nursing pressure.

Regular nucleic acid testing should be imposed on staff working at senior homes across the city and officials will conduct undercover inspections.

Workers at senior homes in the city are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and all staff working at senior care facilities in Huangpu District, where a newly designated medium-risk residential compound is located, will undergo nucleic acid testing this week, the bureau said. 

Once a suspected case is detected, operators of senior homes must report to epidemic prevention and control authorities and civil affairs authorities immediately with relevant staff screened.

The non-local nursing staff at senior homes are encouraged to stay in the city for the upcoming Spring Festival holiday, according to the bureau.


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