Scottish Government has issued new advice to care homes over visits during Omicron.
New guidance advises limiting the number of households meeting indoors to three, and no more than two households meeting with a resident at one time.
However, there should be no restrictions placed on frequency of visiting.
Visitors should also undertake an LFD test before every visit (previously this was twice weekly for regular visitors) and wear a Fluid Resistant Surgical mask (FRSM) as per Open with Care guidance.
For residents who undertake visits out, it is advised to take an LFD test before leaving the care home and after returning from visits out (test every other day for up to 14 days), unless this would cause harm or distress. If the resident returns with symptoms, they must isolate and take a PCR test. People meeting residents outside the care home should undertake regular LFD testing, and receive a negative LFD test on the day of the visit.
Activities within the care home / communal areas should continue. However, large groups of visitors such as choirs and carol singers are currently not recommended inside the care home and increase ventilation where possible.
- Scotland’s care home census for adults in Scotland (2011 to 2021) reveals a 20 per cent fall in the number of care homes for adults, a 5 per cent fall in the number of places and an 11 per cent call in the number of residents in care homes aged 18 and over. Estimated percentage occupancy on 31 March 2021 was 82 per cent, six percentage points lower than a decade earlier