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.

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