Today (May 17) marks another milestone in the roadmap to recovery as Coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased nationally.
As pubs welcome back indoor diners and families reunite with hugs after, what seems, a very long time, the care sector is also making further strides to return to a pre-pandemic life.
New guidance, which will take effect from today, means our home residents can now have up to five designated visitors, which is good news for extended family and friends.
Only two of these five designated visitors will be able to visit at any one time and in one day and if a resident has an ‘Essential Care Giver’ providing additional daily care, this person will count as one of the five designated visitors.
We’re also delighted to be able to welcome children back to our homes. It does seem a long time since residents were able to see their grandchildren and other younger family members. Apart from babies and pre-schoolers, any children visiting will also be counted towards the maximum number allowed for a visit and national restrictions on indoor gatherings will still be followed.
Where it is reasonable and practicable, we will be asking that any children visiting our homes wear the same PPE as adult visitors in line with new guidance. However, any child under the age of three will not be expected to wear a face covering.
As has been the case for some time now, all designated visitors entering our homes will be asked to carry out an LFD test on site or at home prior to visiting. These tests must be conducted on the day of the visit, and evidence must be presented if self-testing at home. As always, the visit will only go-ahead if the test result is negative.
We would ask that visitors let home staff know whether they are planning to do a home test at the time of booking their visit, as this enables us to manage the diary better and potentially conduct more appointments throughout the day. Vaccination is not a condition of visiting, although we would strongly recommend visitors coming to our homes that they have received the vaccine.
Whilst the latest easing of public Coronavirus restrictions means loved ones can now gather indoors and give each other a hug, the Government’s advice to the care sector is that hugging between residents and care home visitors must still be discouraged at this stage.
We know this is hard for family members and their loved ones but as always, we must maintain caution and adhere to safe measures as best we can to avoid any unnecessary risk to those in our care and we thank you for your continued patience and understanding on this issue.
Residents will continue to be supported by our staff should they wish to leave the home for a low-risk trip or visit to a family or friend’s home and further information on this can be found in our list of FAQS here.
More details on our in-home visiting arrangements can also be found on the FAQ page.
Thank you once again for your continued support in helping us to keep residents and staff safe and well.