the GIR7 association is committed to improving the lives of the elderly

Direction Brittany this Sunday, August 23 in the morning in Retiers, in Ille-et-Vilaine, with GIR7, the inter-establishment think tank. Vincent Rousselet chairs the association of independent public nursing home directors and is director of an nursing home.

“The GIR7 is an association which brings together 35 nursing homes in the Grand-Ouest region so that represents about 3,500 residents and a little less professionals “, assures Vincent Rousselet. He explains having felt the need,” about fifteen years ago, to regroup us in association “. The” first objective is to have thoughts in common about current affairs and the future of the elderly“, according to the president of GIR7.

The second objective is “more pragmatic” is to have “common approaches on the supply of goods, services or the training of professionals”. Faced with the health crisis, the difficulties were first of all material. “We have no mask between the start of the crisis and March 25“. The president of GIR7 also evokes” the precocity of confinement in Ehpad“.” You always have to find a ridge line between security, on the one hand, and freedom and quality of life“, he assures.

“It’s a period which was very difficult for the caregivers“also. Vincent Rousselet explains credits were used for psychological follow-up.” The professionals were great during the Covid “, he insists.

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Coronavirus in the Yvelines. 106-year-old dean of an Ehpad survived Covid-19

Hélène Lefèvre, resident of Ehpad Richard in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) has recovered from the Covid-19 that she was diagnosed with a few weeks ago. According to information from Parisian, she tested positive on April 15 and needed no hospitalization. A great story for a 106 year old woman.

“Our dean is a very alert woman who still has her head, she even keeps her accounts”, underlines in the Ile-de-France daily Emmanuelle Guillon, the director of the establishment. During her recovery, the centenary rested, confined to her room.

“She has little information about the epidemic because she almost never watches television”, says Bruno, an employee of the “Golden Age Services” personal assistance company.

Daily exercises

Still surprised to be alive, Hélène “ don’t want to die “, reports The Parisian. The overactive resident forces herself to walk every day, morning and afternoon, in the corridors of the retirement home. The Yvelines establishment has 200 residents.

The dean celebrated her 106th birthday last January. She was born in 1914, just a few months before the outbreak of the First World War. Her family has always lived in the region, but Hélène never married and has lived in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine nursing home for 100 years.

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“Families visiting the Ehpad will sign a charter of good conduct”

“After a few days of hesitation, management finally decided to open visits to the nursing home. The first is scheduled for Thursday. Preparing these visits takes time, because you have to completely rethink the place. For each of the two Ehpad buildings, we have provided an isolated place to visit.

We have also set very strict rules. Each visit will be limited in time and to one person at a time, families will have to commit to keeping a distance from their loved one, and especially not to touch them. They must sign a charter of good conduct, in triplicate. And if only one person does not respect it, we will close all visits. Animators will also be nearby…

A lady who is crying regularly

Obviously, it will not be possible for families to see their loved one every week, and even less every day, because we have to organize a rotation. You will probably have to count on a visit every two to three weeks. Are visited first the people who expressed a very strong lack: I think of a lady who is regularly in tears because she does not see her relatives; or someone who turned 100 last week without being able to share that with her family.

These visits will take place by appointment, every afternoon, which also involves reorganizing part of the life of the nursing home, so that visitors never come across another resident. Thus, the walks, normally scheduled for the afternoon, will take place in the morning.

These are really difficult, very strict visiting conditions. Imagine: you haven’t seen your mom in three weeks, and you are forbidden to kiss her or give her a hug … Alas, it is really necessary. But it is starting to be very, very long. “

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Covid-19: at RC Lens, the ultra mobilized

“No longer going to Bollaert at all, it creates a vacuum … Even a little shock.” But hey, it’s better for the good of everyone, I think! “ Thirty-three years since Fred, a 41-year-old house painter, went to all RC Lens games played in his legendary English stadium. For a few weeks, the enclosure has remained silent, deprived of the songs and the fervor of its usual 25,000 spectators. The pandemic depopulated the stadiums as it emptied the streets.

“It remains incidental, considers Matthew, 40 years old. Football is a passion but it remains a hobby. Currently, it is not necessary for everyday life. “ Member of the Red Tigers, the largest ultra group of Lens supporters, the teacher says that he is much more concerned about the imminent resumption of school than that of the professional championships desired by the governing bodies. (read opposite).

How to end the season brutally stopped by the health crisis? How to prepare the next one? Should the show continue at all costs, with or without an audience? On March 9, the Sang et Or played against Orleans the first professional match behind closed doors imposed by the pandemic in France. Even on a Monday evening, even in Ligue 2, at least 20,000 spectators were expected at Bollaert. If the ardent celebration of the goal of the northern victory by the announcer Cyril Jamet made the turn of the television broadcasts, his voice especially resounded in a sad silence.

“Comet plans”

“In an ideal world, I would like the season to end with 30,000 people at the stadium but it is not in anyone’s hands”, sighs Matthew. The Professional Football League imagines several hypotheses, including that of a resumption of the championships on June 17 and the start of the next season in late August. “They are drawing plans on the comet but nobody knows”, annoyed Arthur, 38, of the Red Tigers. For Matthew, we must not deny the rights of club employees, referees, players, ball pickers … And if you can’t be less than one or two meters away, how do you manage to mark someone who may be sick? ”

While club leaders quarrel in the press, 46 sections of ultras oppose, in a collective forum, an early recovery. “It is urgent to wait, write these groups, sometimes rival in the stands but united in the crisis. It is not conceivable that football will resume prematurely. It is not possible that it will resume in camera. It will resume in due course when the health and social conditions are met. ”

Pierre Révillon, one of the officials of the Red Tigers and president of the National Association of Supporters (ANS), does not envisage either “A resumption of the championship without supporters”: “C It’s like playing a play without spectators. It’s completely stupid. We are players in football just like players and managers. It goes against our mentality and our vision of football. ”

The stands are empty but supporters remain active throughout France. In Lens, the Red Tigers launched, from the start of confinement, a call for donations to equip a microcrèche mounted urgently by Lensois caregivers to keep their children, deprived of school and nannies, within the confines of the ‘hospital. In a few days, the ultras collect changing tables, umbrella beds, or playpens. “New high chairs and bottle warmers even arrived in services that were already lacking before the Covid crisis”, would like to thank Pauline, 31, educator of young children at the hospital. It designates Jérémy, a member like her of the Tigers, who came to probe the needs of caregivers. For seventeen years, he has coordinated Children’s Christmas, a toy distribution operation for young hospital patients.

“Ultrasounds mobilized for hospital staff, you are our pride”, we read on a banner hanging in front of the main entrance. We can guess Jeremy’s smile, under his surgical mask: “In the first week, the guy who takes care of messages with us said he was going to do something. Considering all the tape he put on, I can tell you that she’s going to stay there for a while! “ It has already been a month since the declaration welcomed the caregivers.

“The Tigers were among the first to set up a fundraiser for the hospital,” notes Norman Noisette, 42, president of the Lens United Federation. The network brings together thirty associations of Lensois supporters and 3,000 members across France. “We immediately added to their initiative by opening a kitty online” to support the momentum of solidarity. More than 8,000 euros have already been collected. The money was used to donate tablets to patients and nursing home residents isolated from their loved ones. At the same time, Lens United participated in the launch of an overcoat workshop for the hospitals of Lens, Béthune and Hénin-Beaumont. “We plan to deliver 18,000 each week,” Norman Noisette hopes. These fan associations, very locally anchored, mobilize beyond their members. This is the case for the joint auction of jerseys organized by Lens United and the club for the benefit of hospitals and the Pasteur Institute to finance research against the Covid: “We received several calls from people who wanted to give us jerseys of players recovered during a match.”

On its website, the ANS lists at least forty similar solidarity actions in progress, including the impressive prize pool of Socios toile club bastiais. The Corsicans collected 63,253 euros to help three hospitals on the island finance, in particular, resuscitation beds and respirators. “It is not the groups that are using the health crisis to make themselves visible. It’s rather the crisis that makes actions visible, Matthew analysis. There is such a lack of material that, thanks to these groups, everyday life becomes less hard for patients and staff. ”

Popular football

What the teacher misses most is not so much the meetings, but rather “The pre-match, the comrades, drink a pint, chat, the post-match, escort the tarpaulin …” Going to the stadium is a celebration. “It allows you to get out of everyday life”, slips Hans Decroos, supporter of Racing for twenty-two years. This Thursday, he delivers the weekly food drive launched by the Tigers in his supermarket. “We have customers who make a small cart, deprive themselves and still give a packet of cakes, observe this follower of Bollaert. For the crèche, some customers could have sold their equipment on the Internet but they preferred to give it away. ” Support for the image of popular football claimed by many Lensois supporters, in a fragile economic area. “Here, some people sacrifice themselves to go to the stadium, Hans continues. In Lens, we don’t really like football business. “ We prefer solidarity football, fueled by the hope of finding the elite in front of a celebrating stadium, five years after relegation to L2. “If there is no climb, there is no climb … breathes Matthew. We will go and get it in the field like every year, with blood, sweat and tears. ”

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On May 11, 4 million French people will have been infected with Covid-19

Models from the Institut Pasteur show that containment has reduced the spread of the virus, preventing tens of thousands of deaths.

As of May 11, only 6% of the French population (4 million people all the same) should have been infected.
As of May 11, only 6% of the French population (4 million people all the same) should have been infected. SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

Every day, the Director General of Health Jérôme Salomon brings out a litany of figures – number of deaths, hospitalizations, admissions to intensive care – sometimes discouraging. The tremendous collective effort that the French have produced since the beginning of containment has nevertheless borne fruit. Scientists at the Institut Pasteur demonstrated this unequivocally on Tuesday. The results of their highly anticipated models allow us to better understand the current dynamics of the epidemic and its evolution until May 11, the course set by the President of the Republic for the start of deconfinement.

What then is the balance sheet? While the “natural” rate of spread of the virus at the start of the epidemic, the famous R0, was 3.3 (each infected person infected, on average, 3.3 people), this parameter increased to 0.5 . Or an 84% reduction! By way of comparison, Germany estimates that this figure is close to 1 today on its territory. In other words the virus

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a director of Ehpad tells of the return of visits

During their press conference, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced the establishment of a “visitation rights», Under certain conditions, as of today, in nursing homes. Visits had been prohibited there since March 11. An announcement very positively received by Clarisse Reydant Coupey, director of the Ehpad la Pommeraie, in Périgny, in Charente-Maritime, which has 70 residents.

LE FIGARO. – What was your reaction to this announcement?

Clarisse Reydant Coupey. – I told myself that I had a hollow nose. I am fortunate to have a very mobilized team and we are almost always a week ahead of government recommendations. So our space for discussion between families and residents, which we called “chatWas ready since Friday evening. I was only waiting for the prefect’s approval so that the families would not be put in difficulty for journeys that are not necessarily considered imperative, but the government has outstripped it.

This is very good news for all of us. From 10 a.m. on Monday, I contacted all the families who had already started to call to find out how it was going to happen and this afternoon, we were able to receive families.

What measures have you put in place to ensure that the visits are made in a secure manner?

We installed the space “chatIn a corner of the meeting room with a window. On this window, we put a piece of Plexiglas, then positioned a tent on the garden side, with chairs, hydroalcoholic gel and a small table. Families and residents are not in the same room, but they see each other. We respect all the instructions, we avoid crossing and leave the families outside. This Monday evening, we have already had five visits and the calendar is full until Wednesday noon to receive up to 11 families per day.

»See also – Coronavirus: Olivier Véran announces visitation rights in nursing homes

What were the reactions of the inhabitants of the establishment?

Tears. Almost systematically, residents and families were in tears. A lot of emotion but also anger, sometimes, because it is still a closed space and still an attack on their freedom to come and go. But it quickly calms down and the exchanges are made with great pleasure. We are careful to leave their total privacy. This Monday evening, we added an audio system, with a microphone outside and a small speaker inside, because the elderly suffer from all significant hearing impairment. All of this requires almost a full-time person, but we will do with it, the team is very mobilized and invested in protecting residents. Since February 28, week by week, we learn, we organize, reorganize, we communicate and then recommend, etc. The teams are fabulous.

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Two young Corrèze musicians in Lady Gaga’s “One World” concert

There are no small gestures of solidarity. On the night of Saturday to Sunday was held the concert “One World: Together at Home” organized by Lady Gaga and Global Citizen, a movement that has set itself the goal of ending to extreme poverty by 2030. If the event brought together the biggest stars and recovered $ 127.9 million in pledges for health workers and WHO, it also highlighted a good number of artists and professionals helping, in their own way, the victims of the coronavirus epidemic.

Among them, Laure Nonique-Desvergnes and Sébastien Chadelaud, two Corrèze musicians, unknown to the general public. At least that was the case before they appeared in front of the whole world just before the fifth hour of the show. “One World” has also broadcast a video montage with a message from the artists where they work. “The residents are ultra-confined as a result it does them a lot of good, do they explain. It is an important moment for us too and rather joyful. Stay respectful of each other and keep each other’s trust.

On April 1 and 8, the two musicians were in front of the Ephad des Fontaines in Tulle, in the Corrèze, to play a small concert for confined residents. “A small classic repertoire of French song of about twenty minutes, tell the Figaro Sébastien Chadelaud. A doctor friend working at the nursing home, Jules Lagrafeuil, wanted us to come and play in front of his residents after seeing videos that we had sent him. At the beginning, it was a voluntary action, now it pays us because it considers that solidarity goes both ways. We return there on April 22 for a new performance. Our only constraint is bad weather.

If the health situation seriously complicates the lives of residents in nursing homes, it will be the same for intermittent workers like our two musicians after the epidemic. “Laure is already a professional and plays in the group San Salvador, but they had to cancel all their dates, reveals Sébastien. As for me, I remain confined. The situation will become difficult.

The two roommates, who call themselves Team Rocket on Facebook, then publish their performances on social networks for “share spring and good humorAnd end up interesting the friend of a friend, working for Global Citizen France. The link is made. “She explained to us that we would be part of the little pellets of the show, he says. We thought it was funny and I liked the idea of ​​representing a little bit of this support, of those we don’t see much. In fact, we did not overestimate the scope of the event.

Their solidarity commitment, far from the spotlight, was finally seen by millions of people. And has placed Corrèze on the global and united map of “One World: together at home”.

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In the Korian Ehpad, “swallowed up by the wave” of the Covid-19

For the past month, the fatal countdowns have been making headlines in the press: at “Villa Victoria” in Noisy-le-Grand (Seine-Saint-Denis), 25 deaths; the “Aurélias” of Pollionnay (Rhône), 28 deaths; at “la Vill’Alizé” in Thise (Doubs), 26 deaths … And the heaviest death toll known to date, at “la Riviera” de Mougins and its 36 dead residents (read pages 6-7). What do they have in common? All belong to the Korian group, which specializes in retirement homes. In France, since 1er March, 511 deaths are attributed to Covid-19 in the company’s establishments, according to the latest figures communicated by management to Release. A report probably far from the reality of the disaster, the deaths of residents occurring at the hospital are not included.

According to our information, several other sites of the group, hitherto under the radar, also display a worrying excess mortality. At the “Hawk” of Le Bourget (Seine-Saint-Denis), which has 114 places, 24 residents died. At the “Halage”, near

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Ehpad de Mougins: “The virus quickly installed, it was dazzling”

The chair turns its back on the window. This view which is reflected in the bay window, Huguette Borghino hardly pays any more attention to it. She knows her “By heart and from all angles”. When this 91-year-old resident arrived at Ehpad La Riviera in Mougins (Alpes-Maritimes), she moved to the third floor with her husband. When Alzheimer’s disease won its half “After seventy-one years of marriage”, she moved to a smaller room on the second, then the first. Last week, another move for Huguette Borghino: she now lives on the fourth, one of the two floors “Without Covid” of this private establishment managed by the Korian group. In the rest of the retirement home, the virus has taken its toll. Out of 109 residents, 36 have died since March 15, one of the heaviest casualties for nursing homes in France.

Mougins on 04/14/2020 La Riviera retirement home in Mougins. Huguette Broghino 91 years old resident uncontaminated by covid 19 in her bedroom.Huguette Bhorgino’s room, April 14. Photo Laurent Carré for Liberation

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the Ehpad favorable to “supervised” visits

It’s a sad story of containment. On April 9, gendarmes from Tarn imposed a fine of € 135 on a 79-year-old woman. For violation of “sanitary cordon”. In fact, the lady was wrong for coming to the closed window of her 93-year-old husband’s bedroom, confined due to the coronavirus epidemic in his Graulhet nursing home. With a slate in her hand where she had written him a few words. ” She did it every day, a few minutes, since the beginning of the confinement of the Ehpad, to help my father not to slip into his world, not to feel abandoned ”explained their daughter.

“The total ban on visits is no longer tenable

At the outset, the prefecture supported the merits of this verbalization. With the fear that other families might come together in front of the Ehpad windows. Then, in front of the media coverage of the case, she backed down to cancel the fine.

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But this story has marked a lot of Ehpad officials, already convinced that the total ban on visits was no longer tenable “Says Florence Arnaiz-Maumé, general delegate of Synerpa, union of private retirement homes. ” From the beginning, we have said that, in this crisis, a balance must be found between the physical and psychological security of our residents. And while continuing to preserve them as much as possible from the Covid, we consider it urgent that links with families can be renewed “Said Pascal Champvert, president of the Association of Directors for the Service of the Elderly (AD-PA).

It is this strong demand for a resumption of visits ” framed »Families in nursing homes that professionals in the sector presented Wednesday, April 17 via videoconference, to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and his Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

While worried about the deleterious effects for some residents, those responsible for the establishment initially welcomed the government’s decision on March 12 to ban family visits altogether. An exemption was then provided to allow relatives to come and say goodbye to a parent at the end of life. But even in this painful situation, many retirement homes have maintained this ban on entry.

Some people don’t want to eat anymore and cut off caregivers

On April 13, Emmanuel Macron hoped that the Ehpad could facilitate end-of-life visits, yet already authorized in theory. ” This statement by the President is a step in the right direction, but we must now go further by authorizing visits more broadly with all the barrier measures “Says Pascal Champvert.

Like other directors, he has noticed for the past ten days the multiplication of ” slip syndromes In elderly people who lose their will to live. “ Some no longer want to eat and cut off caregivers “Says Éric Lacoudre, director of the Grove From La Mandallaz to Sillingy (Haute-Savoie). An establishment hard hit by the Covid-19 in early March. Of the 81 residents, 18 died from the coronavirus. ” It’s terrible of course. But each time, we have allowed loved ones to come for end-of-life situations, he confides. They returned to the room one by one, equipped with the same protections as the carers.

Today, Éric Lacoudre is especially worried about residents not affected by the Covid but in great pain. ” For them, I decided a few days ago to organize visits to a specially equipped room at the entrance of the establishment. We bring in one person at a time with a mask and gel. And the instruction to respect the barrier measures “, Explains this manager, noting the effect” immediate Of these visits. ” All you have to do is tell a lady that she will be able to see her son or daughter again in the afternoon and she will immediately start to get a little better. “, Assures Éric Lacoudre.

It does a lot of good for everyone

The same goes for Florence Kovac, director of the Bellevue residence in Saint-Gobain in the Aisne. ” On Easter weekend, I authorized a resumption of visits to a very large pergola that we have outside, she explains. A total of 15 families were able to come, only children of residents. Except for a lady who received her cousin. We brought in two families each time for 30 minutes. Residents and relatives had masks, gloves and were located two meters from each other ” And Florence Kovac intends to renew the initiative, if it continues to be sunny. ” It does a lot of good for everyone “, she says.

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In the Paris region, there is also this geriatrician who, in her hospital service, authorized ” in secret ”, A girl coming to see her mother on her 100th birthday. ” It was unthinkable that this lady would stay alone on a day like this “She said, before talking about this confidence from another of her patients. She said to me, “I would like my children to be there by the time I leave. Because death, however, only happens once in a lifetime … “.

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