DHSC has published care home visiting guidance for England ahead of Monday’s reopening to visitors.
In summary a single named visitor will be allowed an inside visit where they can hold hands, but not hug.
Visitors should also
- take a rapid lateral flow test at the home
- wear PPE including: disposable gloves, apron and a surgical mask.
Tests and PPE should be provided by the care home. Care homes should approach the local DPH and DASS for support with the new visiting arrangements.
Residents should be asked who they would like their single named visitor to be.
There are no rules about how often visits can take place, or for how long. However, visitors are asked to be mindful of the need for fair visiting for all residents, subject to the home’s risk assessment.
Visitor vaccination is not a condition of visiting.
Homes are reminded of the ongoing infection risk presented by new variants. At step two of the roadmap (no earlier than 12 April) the government will consider extending the number of visitors to two per resident, dependent on the proven effectiveness of the vaccine for people living in care homes.
Essential care givers are subject to separate infection control guidance outlined in the visiting guidance.