Updated guidance on visiting care homes
As of this week, government guidance has announced that there is no limit on the number of visitors allowed at a care home. However, visitors should make arrangements with the care home in advance of the visit, so that the care provider can manage the number of visitors at any one time to make sure that safe visiting practices can be maintained, taking into account the size and layout of the care home.
Before visiting a care home, you should still take a lateral flow test on the day of your visit, and ensure it is negative before entering the home. You should not visit a care home if you are feeling unwell, even if you are testing negative for Covid-19 and are fully vaccinated.
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The revised guidance covers visits that should happen in all circumstances; safe visiting practices; when different visiting arrangements are needed; and sources of information and support
The guidance states that:
- every care home resident should be supported to have an identified essential caregiver, who should be able to visit inside the care home even during periods of isolation and outbreak (providing the essential caregiver does not have COVID-19).
- during a Covid-19 outbreak, care providers should also continue to offer visits outdoors, in visiting pods, or from behind windows. Rooms should be left to ventilate with external doors and windows open between uses wherever possible, while aiming to maintain a comfortable temperature for residents and visitors.
- Subject to risk assessments, outbreak restrictions may be lifted if 14 days have passed since the onset of symptoms in the most recent case, a round of PCR recovery testing of all residents and staff is undertaken, and there are no PCR positive results.