Wales and Scotland have updated care home visiting guidance, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to relax.
In Wales, version 14 of the care home visiting guidance supersedes previous versions. The key changes, made in light of the move to Alert Level Zero are:
- Updated risk assessment guidance on enabling visits in and out of the care home.
- Advice on the limited circumstances in which Lateral Flow Device testing on return might be considered is included in the risk assessment guidance.
- Advice that visitors may remove face coverings while in a resident’s room or a designated visiting area. Face coverings should be worn by visitors when in the public indoor areas of the care home and when moving through the care home.
- To align the advice on people visiting care homes with current guidance on self-isolation for the wider population.
Public Health Scotland Covid-19 Adult Care Home guidance has also recently been updated to reflect all guidance changes including visiting during outbreaks and self-isolation periods for residents and care home staff