Fulfilled living in later life

Tuesday 4th May 2021

Visits out – update

‘Low risk’ trips out are permitted from 4th May without the need for 14-day self-isolation

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According to new Government guidance, care home residents are now able go on outdoor visits without the need to quarantine for 14 days on their return as has previously been the case.

Places where a resident may visit include the garden of a relative or friend, a park, a public garden or a beach. Shopping centres/indoor visits are not included in the new supplementary guidance. From May 17th, residents will also be able to visit their GP or dentist without the need to self-isolate afterwards for 14 days. The previous guidance still stands for other indoor visits away from the care home.

The resident must be accompanied by either a nominated visitor or care worker and stick to the guidelines of washing hands regularly, maintaining social distance and remaining outside (except for the use of toilet facilities). Masks should be worn if the resident travels by car. Visits should not involve the use of public transport.

With the guidance announced on Friday 30th April, our managers are now working hard to put the right processes in place to ensure trips out can happen safely. We are grateful to you for your patience as we implement these measures across our homes.

Vic Stone, Operations Manager and Coronavirus Lead, said, “We are so pleased that our residents are being allowed to do more as lockdown eases but we are exercising caution and supporting everyone individually. Some of our residents may be anxious as they may have not left the home for over a year and we want to be sensitive to this.”

Government guidance on visits out of care homes, including the supplementary guidance which applies from 4th May, is available here.