Visiting during Coronavirus
31 January 2022
With the easing of restrictions that were applied due to Omicron - we will are making visiting more open, but cautiously, in order to maintain the safety of residents, staff and visitors.

The Government have announced that restrictions that were put in place to help prevent the spread of Omicron in adult social care are being eased from Monday 31st January 2022, as Plan B measures are also removed, following booster programme.

From Monday 31 January, the Government have issued guidance that there will be no need to limit the number of visitors allowed into care homes and that self-isolation periods will be cut and now care homes only have to follow outbreak management rules for 14 rather than 28 days.

Whilst we welcome some of the restrictions being eased, there is still a risk of transmission and the daily infection rates are still much higher than the peak this time last year with 96,871 positive cases noted on 27th January 2022. Announcing that there will be no limit on the number of visitors is simply not practicable and we do not believe this to be a safe or sensible practice. Visits must be planned and well managed so that we can ensure and maintain the safety of the residents in our care, the safety of the staff and the safety of those visiting.

With this in mind, we are happy to announce the following.

  • Visits can now take place in the comfort of the residents bedrooms. These visit will only take place with the current three nominated visitors already on the system and only 1 of these visitors at any one time. The use of PPE and face masks provided by the home should be used and a negative LFT, which should be completed prior to entry to the home and shown to the staff on arrival.
  • The visits must be pre-arranged and pre booked as numbers of visitors into the home will be limited to ensure safe social distancing measures are maintained and so the home can monitor and manage these in a safe way.
  • Visits to the home where more than one or more of the three nominated visitors are scheduled will still need to take place in the visiting pod to ensure numbers of visitors in the home are kept to a minimum. As you can imagine, if only 4 of our residents had 3 visitors each, this would mean we would have an additional 12 people in the building which we do not think is safe or practicable at this time.

In the event that COVID is noted in the home and the home is put into “outbreak status” by Public Health England and the Local Authority (an outbreak is classed as 2 or more positive cases linked to the home), we will be forced to close and lock down the home to all visits for a period of 14 days clear from the last positive case. We will continue to monitor and review these measures but trust you fully understand why we are still maintaining a level of cautiousness.

We really do look forward to welcoming visitors back in to the home in a safe and controlled way.