New government guidance applies for visiting care from Monday 12 April 2021. It applies to care homes for working age and for older adults. The guidance below aims to support safe visiting so people can support their loved ones:
Every care home resident can nominate up to 2 named visitors who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits (and will be able to visit together or separately as preferred).
These visitors should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests before every visit, must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow all other infection control measures (which the care home will guide them on) during visits.
Visitors and residents are advised to keep physical contact to a minimum. Visitors and residents may wish to hold hands, but should bear in mind that any physical contact increases the risk of transmission. For this reason, there should not be close physical contact such as hugging.
In addition to their 2 named visitors, residents with higher care needs can also choose to nominate an essential care giver.
Care homes can also continue to offer visits to other friends or family members through arrangements such as outdoor visiting, rooms with substantial screens, visiting pods, or from behind windows