Guidance to be published on safe care home visits amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance to be published on safe care home visits amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance to support safe care home visits in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. The guidance aims to help home providers, families and local professionals cooperate to strike the correct balance between the benefits of visiting on wellbeing and quality of life, and the risk of coronavirus transmission. The guidance includes principles for how visits should be conducted and coronavirus measures which should be established.

The guidance covers:

• the role of providers and directors of public health in providing a dynamic risk assessment

• advice for providers when taking visiting decisions for particular residents or groups of residents

• how visits should be tailored to residents and facilities

• how care homes should encourage and support safe visits

• coronavirus measures such as floor to ceiling screens, visiting pods and window visits

• video calls

• outdoor visits with one other person

The DHSC has also announced that plans are being developed to enable specific family and friends to visit care homes supported by testing.

The guidance can be viewed here.

Source: New guidance to support safe care home visits during lockdown

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