“I trampled in my room for two weeks without being able to pass the door”

By Béatrice Jérôme

Posted today at 6:30 a.m., updated at 9:18 a.m.

The accordion tune brightens the refectory. A caregiver dances on the arm of a resident. Around the tables, some boarders nod their heads, others beat time with their feet. Michel Stien, 85, applauds. ” Here, slips the composer typographer. There are many activities to try to escape neurasthenia, but it is the family that is missing the most, the grandchildren. For an old person to be locked up for a long time and deprived of visitors is terrible. “

Monday, May 10, Mr. Stien, like the 83 other residents of the Jacques-Bonvoisin residential care facility for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) in Dieppe (Seine-Maritime), is still unaware that he is on the eve of a return to life – almost – as before in the establishment. Tuesday, May 11, the director, Marie-Odile Vincent decided to write to the families to tell them that as of this day, they will be able to take their loved one back home and have their meal at the nursing home with them. A big step towards a total opening of the doors.

Jacqueline Landrin and her husband Dominique, resident of the Jacques-Bonvoisin nursing home, take a walk on the beach at Dieppe (Seine-Maritime), on May 10.

Since the complete closure of nursing homes decided by the government, from March 11 to April 20, family outings in this establishment had been suspended again on October 14 – except at Christmas and for three days in March. It took seven months for them to resume. Why so long?

In the red zone

On March 13, a “Post-vaccination protocol” of the Ministry of Health had recommended nursing homes to ease the restrictions on visits and outings, on the grounds that more than 80% of residents had received a first dose of vaccine. But the ministry text specified that “Family outings are not authorized in areas where local confinement is in force”.

In mid-March, the Partage et vie Foundation, to which the Jacques-Bonvoisin nursing home belongs, therefore ordered its 121 establishments to authorize family outings for residents, but deprived of this freedom those who are “In a territory under enhanced surveillance”. However, Seine-Maritime was classified on March 20 by the executive among the 19 departments to be the subject of “Braking measures” of the epidemic. Clearly, Dieppe found itself in the red zone.

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“Among the residents. the frustration was strong ”, remember Priscilla Gentil, the nursing home psychologist. A heartbreak, especially since March 5, according to a letter to families, “75 of the 84 residents” had received “Their second vaccine injection”, or 89%. A few residents received their second dose in March or April. “The rate of 92% of immunized residents was reached on May 4”, calculates the directrix. From March 5, family members’ access to the rooms of all residents – vaccinated or not – was authorized. There are two conditions for visitors: to be vaccinated or to have a negative PCR test. Superfluous precaution?

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