Questions you need to ask if your relative at a care home is getting the vaccine

With care home residents across Derbyshire starting to receive the Covid-19 vaccine this month, an expert has revealed the key information that all families of those on the waiting list need to find out.

Older adults in care homes are the main focus of the Government’s first phase of the vaccination roll-out, alongside vulnerable care home workers and health staff.

Andrew Parfery, CEO and founder of care support comparison site Care Sourcer, has encouraged families to ask these five questions before their loved ones are vaccinated this winter.

Do you understand the logistics?

Families have been encouraged to regularly check in with care homes to stay in the loop on when vaccines will be administered.

All vaccines currently available require two sets of separate injections to be effective, so it’s a good idea to find out which is being used so you can do some research and have a little more peace of mind.

Where is the vaccine being administered?

Families should also find out where the vaccine is being administered. Ask if it will be in a hospital, doctors or at the care home, and check whether the care home needs any extra help.

For example, since getting jabs can be very stressful, see if it is best to be on standby to talk to elderly loved ones on the phone to provide reassurance and a familiar voice.

Is permission required?

It is important to ask care homes if any type of permission to administer the vaccine is needed from families on behalf of loved ones.

In some cases paperwork may be required, so it is helpful to prepare in advance so vaccinations can run as smoothly as possible.

Does your loved one in the care home know the plan?

It is key that families of care home residents make sure their loved ones are aware of what’s happening.

It’s sometimes very easy for older people to become flustered and confused so the amount of stress they’re exposed to needs to be limited.

Find out if someone has gently explained what a vaccine means and how it will work. It can be so important to have that reassurance from somebody trustworthy and if the care home hasn’t walked them through it, try to have a chat through Zoom, FaceTime or a telephone call.

Does this mean you can finally visit your loved one?

Finally, if your loved one has been vaccinated, see if it means you can go and visit. If you can, make sure you know your care home’s Covid-19 secure visitation guidance.

It may be necessary to bring specified PPE including a mask, apron and gloves.

Families may also need to book in advance to ensure there’s a limited number of external visitors entering the care home at any one time.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News