Two groups home support workers may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are in self-isolation, as the family member of a client, who lives with the client, awaits test results.
E tū understands that up to seven home support workers may have been exposed.
One home support worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, is very worried about how many clients may have also been infected.
“I’ve been into the client’s home several times during the global pandemic. The job requires two support workers because we have to lift the client, so there are a few of us who might be affected,” they say.
“One support worker has also started a job at a local rest home recently, on top of her home support work, so we’re really worried about those residents as well.”
Test results are expected tomorrow.
E tū Director Kirsty McCully says this demonstrates the massive need for proper PPE in home support.
“It’s just ridiculous that so many frontline health workers that care for vulnerable, elderly people, are not being given the right equipment,” Kirsty says.
“All it takes is for one person to get COVID-19 and spread it to other clients, or even around a rest home, for the virus to spin out of control.
“Home support workers have a simple message – get us PPE and manage the risks properly to minimise the spread of COVID-19.”
For more info or comment:
Kirsty McCully 027 204 6354