15th June 2021

Care home residents can stay overnight as visiting restrictions ease

Care home residents can stay overnight as visiting restrictions ease
  • Residents will be able to spend time away from their care home with family and friends
  • Every resident can nominate an ‘essential care giver’ to provide additional support during visits
  • This is the latest cautious step taken to restore care home visits to as close to normality as possible

Care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends, including overnight stays as part of an easing of visiting restrictions announced today.

Currently, residents can only leave the care home for a visit if outdoors or for high-priority reasons, such as a dental or GP appointment, but will now be able to leave the home for more social reasons without having to isolate.

From 21 June, people admitted to a care home from the community will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, so residents will have a less disruptive introduction to their new home.

To ensure this happens safely, residents will undergo an enhanced testing regime – a PCR test before admission, a PCR test on the day of admission and a further PCR test 7 days later.