Open with Care, Scotland’s care home COVID recovery plan has urged care homes to allow residents to have at least two indoor visits weekly.
This should be seen as the starting point to support residents to reconnect and reengage move rapidly, and to increase the frequency, duration and number of indoor and other visits, with the fewest restrictions.
In a progress report, Open with Care says the balance lies in the risks of harm from COVID-19 against those from ongoing isolation or restrictions. It advises: “With multiple protections, care homes should always promote meaningful contact, using essential visits in parallel.”
The strategy document calls on business partners to continue to support care homes, and for the regulator to provide local oversight, as a way to build confidence and allow for improvements in care homes.
All partners should communicate and publicise visiting guidance and resources accessibly, including dedicated information for residents, family and friends.
As of 14 June, 97 per cent of all responding care homes reported indoor visiting was underway. Over the same time period, the number of confirmed care home outbreaks has fallen.