In line with government guidance, except in the event of an active outbreak, all care home residents are able to receive indoor visits with no restriction on the number or duration of visits.
There is no longer a requirement for visits to be booked in advance. All indoor visitors should continue to wear a Fluid Resistant Surgical Mask (FRSM) provided by the care home, aside from when eating or drinking.
Testing is no longer a requirement for residents’ personal visitors, aside from those providing personal care. We appreciate, however, that many visitors are continuing to exercise caution by taking an LFD test before they visit, and we encourage this. If you do not have access to tests there may be spares available at the home if you would like to conduct one upon arrival.
Visitors who are providing personal care will still be required to provide a negative LFD test result prior to entering the home, unless medically exempt, and to provide evidence of this. Tests will be provided by the home. End-of-life visiting will always be supported in all circumstances with no testing requirements. It is not a condition of personal visits that residents or their visitors are vaccinated. However, the government strongly recommends that residents and visitors receive two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, plus their booster dose and flu vaccine, before undertaking visits. In the event that visiting arrangements need to be modified during an outbreak, every resident (including a resident that is Covid-positive) will still be enabled to receive one visitor inside the care home throughout this period. Although the term is no longer in use, this is likely to be what was known as an ‘Essential Caregiver’.
If you have any questions about visiting your loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact the Home Manager.