Visiting a loved one in a care home

The Government has updated their advice on supporting safe visiting in care homes.
Man in a care home

Key information you need to know:

  • If you live in a care home, you can select three named visitors and one essential care giver to visit you indoors.
  • Every care home resident can nominate an essential care giver who can visit during an outbreak or period of isolation.
  • Following a COVID-19 outbreak at a care home, visits will pause until the whole home has completed two rounds of negative PCR tests, taken four to seven days apart. This means outbreaks could be declared over in some homes after seven or eight days. Restrictions could be in place for longer periods if there has been an outbreak of a variants of concern.

The most up to date guidance, can be found at website

The Care Quality Commission have issued a statement on supporting visiting over the festive period. Find out more.

It is important that people are able to spend time with their loved ones over the festive season, including Christmas Day and New Year.
— Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions. 

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