Two visitors allowed in care homes

Topics covered: care homes, COVID-19, Gemma Nicholas, government, infection control

The Government has said that from 12 April care home residents will be allowed two regular visitors indoors.

Currently care home residents can have just one face-to-face visitor, but this will increase to two as part of the next stage of lockdown easing.

Other changes include visitors being able to bring babies and toddlers which will allow grandparents to meet grandchildren, in some cases for the first time.

Visitors will still need to provide a negative test result before and wear PPE during the visit. The Government has also said that in the coming weeks, some visitors will be able to take tests at home rather than at the care home.

Changes to visiting guidance has been facilitated by the drop in community infections rates and the vaccine rollout.

The increase in visiting numbers is welcomed news for the sector as visiting is of great importance to the physical and mental wellbeing of care home residents and their families.

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