Dementia charity brings legal challenge against care home visitors guidance

A dementia charity is seeking to judicially review the Government’s decision to publish guidance on visits to care homes.

In England, the guidance focuses on giving individual care homes the independence to decide on what specific considerations should be in place in relation to visits. There are different approaches in place for each of the remaining nations within the UK, with Scotland allowing visitors after a care home has been virus-free for 28 days; Northern Ireland allowing one visitor to a virus-free home with a second person being accommodated if possible and Wales allow visitors outside as long as 2 metre social distancing rules can be observed.

The challenge, which is in the process of being drafted, would appear to have been triggered by the Government’s perceived cautious approach to visits which, the charity John’s Campaign states, could have a debilitating effect on residents of care homes and in particular those with dementia.