Care home visiting
We are working with care homes across the borough to ensure government guidance on visiting is being followed and that residents can have safe visits with their loved ones.
From 19 July, in line with national guidance, care home residents can nominate named visitors and an essential care giver who can enter the home regularly. Residents no longer have any limits to the number of visitors they can nominate or the number of visitors that can attend the home over the course of a day. All visitors to care homes are required to:
- take a lateral flow test before each visit and receive a negative result
- wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- abide by infection control guidelines
- keep any physical contact to a minimum (unless they are an essential care giver)
- not enter the home if they are unwell or are required to self-isolate
Please also be aware that if a coronavirus outbreak is identified within a home, face to face visiting will be limited to exceptional circumstances only. There is an exception to this for essential caregivers who are able to enter the home during an outbreak.
Care home managers are required to complete their own risk assessments for visiting policies, so there may be some variations in policies at individual homes. Please contact the home directly with any queries on visiting guidance.
Care home visiting guidance is regularly changing, so please view the guidance for care home visiting on the government's website for the most up to date information.