Indoor visiting is allowed by up to five ‘named visitors’ for each resident. These visitors will need to take a rapid lateral flow test and test negative before every visit. They should minimise physical contact with residents. They should observe social distancing, adhere to guidance on PPE use and follow all necessary infection control measures. Residents can have no more than two visitors at a time or over the course of one day
Children over 11 can be a named visitor, but it is only with agreement with the care home manager that children under 11 visit. This is to ensure that children can follow the correct PPE/IPC guidance.
Babies and small children do not count towards the maximum number of 2 visitors, but again will need to be discussed and agreed with the home manager first.
As always if the home has to close due to an outbreak all except end of life visits will cease.
Residents can leave their care home to spend time outdoors with either one or both of their nominated visitors, without isolation for 14 days, but only in the following circumstances:
- arrangements with residents’ nominated visitors in advance and should be booked as per visiting within the home.
- visits should take place solely outdoors, except for the use of toilet facilities
- there should be no visits to indoor spaces (public or private)
- visits should not involve the use of public transport
If a visit out does take place, all members of the household involved in the visit should have had a negative result from a COVID test taken immediately before the visit out. They should also be free of any COVID symptoms, and if they have previously tested positive, have completed the necessary isolation period.
Visits out of the care home which do not meet the criteria set out above will need to follow the main guidance for visiting out of care homes, including guidance on the need for residents to isolate for 14 days on return to the care home.
New admissions within the home should also still isolate for 14 days (admission being day 0). Even if they have tested negative before moving in and/or had their vaccinations.