Visiting guidance for residential care

This page is currently under review. Please see the Government guidance for the most up to date information.

Updated 25 Feb 2022 - Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

Named visitors

Every care home resident can nominate named people for regular visits. There is no limit on the number of named visitors that a single resident can have. They will be able to visit the resident as agreed with the care home.

These visitors should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests (LFT) on the day of every visit and produce their negative test result on arrival.

Nominated visitors must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow all infection prevention and control measures during visits. These will include:

  • maintaining hand hygiene;
  • minimising physical contact;
  • keeping a distance from other residents, visitors and staff; and
  • meeting in well-ventilated and regularly cleaned areas.

All visitors are also encouraged to take up their vaccine when they are offered it.

Page updated: 25/02/2022 Page updated by: Health Protection

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