Care home residents in England will be allowed one regular visitor, for indoor visits, from March.

From the 8th March, indoor care home visits will be possible, as part of the Prime Minister’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions.

The scheme will allow a single visitor to hold hands indoors with their relative; and make repeat visits under carefully designed conditions to keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

What are the new rules on care home visits?

  • One nominated person will be allowed to visit someone in a care home, but must take a coronavirus lateral flow test before entry and wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Residents will not be able to hug or kiss their relatives, although hand-holding will be permitted.
  • Guidance for care homes is expected to be published in the next fortnight.

Outdoor, pod and screen visits will also continue. This means there will be chances for residents to see more than just the one person they nominate.

Reconnecting with loved ones

Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum said:

“The National Care Forum welcomes the government commitment to put care home visiting front and centre of the road map for recovery. The NCF, working in partnership with all those passionate about care, have been raising the urgent need to reconnect people with their loved ones for many, many months now, and whilst the overall approach to visiting has incrementally moved forward, it is hugely important that this next step recognises the role of essential caregivers and ensures that people living within care homes have regular, sustained and meaningful contact with one of the most important people in their lives.”

Visit the Government website for more on the new guidelines for care home visits.