The latest visiting arrangement guidance in care homes in England explained

Please Note: All information was correct at time of writing on 7 January 2022. We do our very best to make sure our information is as up to date as possible, but we’d encourage you to check out our latest articles and to check the government website for updates as they happen.

In the first wave of the pandemic, visits to loved ones were stopped completely and it was an exceptionally challenging time for residents and their family and friends.

Visiting is an integral part of care home life. It is vitally important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also crucial for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones, and to contribute to their support and care.

With COVID cases rising across the UK, it’s important care homes facilitate visits while controlling the risk of infection, from limiting the number of visitors, testing arrangements and isolation for high-risk activities. From 15 December, every care home resident can nominate up to 3 named visitors (this number does not include essential care givers or preschool age children).

Our in-house care experts have summarised what care providers need to know and how you can arrange visits so that they are as safe as possible. In this guide, you’ll find more information about:

  • How many visitors it’s safe for residents to have
  • Types of visits that comply with the latest rules
  • Carrying out dynamic risk assessments
  • How to create and communicate visiting polices

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