Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Visits to residents of care homes
The Government has published new guidance making it possible for those receiving care in residential homes run by social care providers in England to receive visits from family and friends in a COVID-secure way - enabling care homes to find innovative ways to allow families to reunite in the safest way possible.
We all know how heart-breaking and incredibly frustrating it has been for families and friends who haven’t been able to see their loved ones during the pandemic.
That’s why the government has published advice to enable care home providers, families and local professionals to work together to enable visits to continue while national restrictions are in place, balancing the benefits that visits have on residents’ wellbeing and quality of life, and the risk of transmission of coronavirus to social care staff and vulnerable residents. We are also working to trial testing for visitors, so that we can reduce the risk of indoor visits and give families more opportunities to spend time with relatives in care homes.
By striking the right balance, we can reunite families, ensure care staff and residents are kept safe and help to stop the spread of the virus.