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More visitors allowed for care home residents as lockdown eases

Helen Whately

Care home residents are allowed five named visitors from today as part of government lockdown easing measures.

Along with an increase in visitors per resident from two to five residents, restrictions on trips out of care homes are also being eased by the government.

Residents are now able to go to medical appointments, a workplace, educational setting and day centres without having to self-isolate on their return.

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Visits will also be paused for a minimum of 14 days rather than 28 days following an outbreak.

Addressing care staff last week ahead of the lockdown easing, Minister for Care, Helen Whately, (pictured) said: “17 May will be a happy day for many residents, families and care staff I’m sure. While we must remain cautious, observe social distancing in most situations, and take all necessary precautions, the emotional boost from spending more time with our loved ones will feel like the best medicine.

“Of course, ending or easing restrictions doesn’t mean the end of precautions. We must remember care homes are a community, so any risk needs to be assessed for all residents. Visits out of care homes must be planned in consultation with residents, families and care home managers, subject to testing requirements and risk assessments.

“With our continued vigilance, I hope by the time summer is well and truly here, visiting will be close to normal.”

As part of ongoing support to care home workers during the pandemic, Public Health England is hosting a webinar tomorrow on soon to be updated COVID-19 guidance.

PPE can be continue to be ordered via the government’s portal until March 2022.

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