During his visit, the Governor spoke, among other things, with the director, employees, and the regular General Practitioner of the H.O.P.E. and was informed about how they deal with the challenges posed by the crisis.
The care location with 19 residents is in possession of an official permit to operate a care home. H.O.P.E. has, in collaboration with the Health Inspectorate, implemented a number of practices that are seen as an example in the private care home sector. For example, they work with a permanent general practitioner for all residents to promote the quality and continuity of general practitioner care and they have developed a protocol for a visitor scheme that has been largely adopted in the national visitor protocol for what now applies. Making it possible to visit again in a responsible manner was very important for the care home because some of the residents suffered from mental consequences due to the prohibition of visiting their loved ones.
The involvement of the employees is very high. Some of them temporarily went to live on site of the nursing home in order to prevent staff from possibly infecting residents with the COVID-19 virus. The staff has quarantined themselves, out of concern for their clients. The Governor expressed his appreciation for the great dedication of the employees.
Through conversations and, if possible, working visits, Governor Boekhoudt informs himself about the consequences of the Corona outbreak and expresses his support and appreciation for the efforts of so many in the fight against the pandemic. Measures are taken in consultation with the organizations involved to allow working visits to take place in a safe manner.