Ministry of Social Affairs and Health clarifies the instructions to municipalities on home care services during the coronavirus outbreak

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 1.4.2020 15.30 | Published in English on 1.4.2020 at 16.12
Press release 71/2020

On 1 April, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health clarified the instructions issued on 31 March to municipalities and joint municipal authorities on home care services during the coronavirus outbreak.

The clarification applies to the treatment of patients with respiratory tract infection and to those who assist recipients of personal assistance who have contracted a respiratory infection.

A surgical mask, protective gloves and a medical gown or apron must be worn whenever treating patients with respiratory infection or assisting persons receiving personal assistance who have contracted a respiratory infection. In all situations, staff must pay closer attention to the detection of possible coronavirus infection at the earliest possible stage.

Inquiries:

Services for older people: Satu Karppanen, Ministerial Adviser, [email protected]
Services for people with disabilities: Kirsi-Maria Malmlund, Lawyer, [email protected] 
Informal care: Anne-Mari Raassina, Ministerial Adviser, [email protected]