When visiting our Care Home
Updated 18th May 2021
No doubt you have all heard the updated policies on the news with regard to visiting relatives in care homes.
I aim to make this as simple as possible and have listed the main parts of the guidance which affect us all.
- Every resident can nominate up to 5 named visitors for contact visits
- Residents with higher care needs can choose to nominate an essential care giver who may visit the home to attend to essential care needs
- The 5 named visitors excludes babies and preschool-aged children
- No more than 2 visitors per resident in any one day
- All named visitors will have to undergo Lateral flow testing, should wear appropriate PPE, maintain social distancing and follow IPC measures
Taking relatives out of Summerleaze
No visit out of a care home during a pandemic is without risk, but there are steps we can take to reduce those risks. To support safe visits out of Summerleaze and to minimise the risk of transmission of infection to our care home residents and other people they live with in Summerleaze, the following measures should be considered for all visits out of the home:
- All named visitors will have to undergo Lateral flow testing
- Residents may meet other people but should maintain social distance from anyone who is not one of their named visitors and, wherever possible, should avoid close physical contact with those who are supporting their visit to minimise the risk of infection
- Crowded places should be avoided
- Visits to indoor spaces should normally be avoided (except, for example, for the use of toilet facilities)
- Visits should not involve the use of public transport
- There will not be a need to self-isolate for 14 days upon return
We would also ask that you give us as much notice as possible if planning to go out with your loved one.
Others involved in the visit should take steps leading up to the visit to minimise the risk to your loved one and others in the care home, recognising that introducing COVID-19 to a care home puts all those who live and work there at risk. This includes following good infection control practice including social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing face coverings and avoiding crowded places.
Lateral Flow Testing
It is imperative that anyone wishing to have a contact visit or take their relative out for a visit they undergo a lateral flow test (LFT).
We request that all visits are a maximum of 45 minutes. Visiting will take place in either of our indoor or outdoor visitors pod from 1pm with the last appointment at 4pm. The pod will be disinfected between visitors so please keep to your timings as we expect to be very busy.
Please click on the link below to book your indoor pod visit, for outdoor contact visits please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The protocol for visiting will include:
Wearing of a visor (which we will supply)