Following the government's announcement of Plan B measures to minimise the impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant, new restrictions come into place this Wednesday 15th December for care home visiting.
We know how important and beneficial social contact is for our residents and their loved ones, and will continue to support visits to our care homes in line with this new guidance.
Visiting care home residents
From 15th December, residents can receive regular visits from up to 4 named people - 3 nominated visitors and an essential care giver. There are no restrictions on how often - or for how long - these 4 people can visit.
Visits still need to be pre-booked with the home, and visitors will still need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test (LFT) before entering the home. An LFT can either be carried out by the visitor earlier on the day of their visit, or on arrival at the home. If an LFT is to be carried out at the home, please allow an additional 30 minutes prior to the time of your booked visit for the results to be returned.
Resident trips out of the home
Care home residents are still permitted to take trips out of the home - whether during the day or for an overnight stay - and can use these trips to visit loved ones who are not one of their 4 nominated visitors. However, the new guidance requires that additional precautions are taken when they return to the care home.
Fully vaccinated residents
Fully vaccinated residents (those who have received both Coronovirus vaccinations and their Covid booster jab) will not need to isolate on their return to the home, however they will need to carry out an LFT testing regime. For the 14 days following their trip out of the home, residents will need to complete an LFT every other day. Provided their LFT results are negative, no further action is needed.
Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated residents
Residents who have not received 2 Covid-19 vaccinations will need to isolate for 14 days following their return to the care home.
Emergency or high risk trips out of the home
Any resident returning from hospital or a trip out of the home that is considered to be 'high risk' will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.
Safety measures in our care homes
Whilst the need for these additional precautions is not what any of us would have hoped for - particularly in the run up to Christmas - we will continue to do everything we can to keep our residents safe and well, whilst enabling them to retain contact with loved ones.
The new visiting restrictions will add another layer of protection for residents, in addition to the PPE, infection protection and control measures, and testing regime that we already have in place across our care homes. We will also be stepping up our testing frequency to 3 LFT tests and a PCR test per staff member, per week, in line with the new government guidance.
Book your visit
Please contact the care home directly to make arrangements to visit your loved one.