Catalonia proposes that care home visits be allowed from de-escalation Phase 2

Health ministry identifies 10% of such centers as still being 'at risk'

Les Vetes elderly care home in Salt, Girona, May 16, 2020
Les Vetes elderly care home in Salt, Girona, May 16, 2020 / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

May 22, 2020 03:16 PM

The Catalan health ministry has recommended that "in general" visits to care homes without any Covid-19 cases should take place from de-escalation lockdown Phase 2.

In a press conference on Friday afternoon, Minister Vergés presented the lockdown easing plan for such centers that will have to be greenlighted by Spain.

Vergés said that her ministry has classified the just over 1,050 care homes in three categories: those with no cases (labelled as 'green', with 472 care homes), those with some cases that can be taken care of in separate areas ('orange', with 392 care homes), and those with confirmed cases and still considered "at risk" ('red', with 103 care homes).

This means that authorities are especially concerned about nearly 10% of the care homes in the country.

Commission of inquiry

On Thursday evening the Catalan parliament unanimously approved the creation of a commission of inquiry into the government's management of elderly care homes during the Covid-19 crisis.

The commission will look at ways of managing care homes to ensure a dignified life for the elderly. It will analyze what caused some care homes to be overwhelmed during the health crisis, and whether any of the deaths of residents could have been avoided.

The commission, initially proposed by far left pro-independence party CUP-CC, and in the end signed by all of the opposition parties, wants to determine the responsibilities of the various people and political and administrative leaders involved in the management of the homes. 

Among other issues, they argue that reparation measures for the families of Covid-19 victims should be identified, as well as what mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that such events are not repeated.