Visiting guidance for residential care

Guidance of care home visiting as updated on 19th July and reviewed on 3rd August 2021.

Essential care giver

Residents with the highest care needs will also be able to nominate an essential care giver who will provide a greater level of personal care and support that is deemed central to maintaining the resident’s immediate health and wellbeing. They are likely to be involved in providing personal care, such as washing and dressing, and behavioural support. It should be noted that clinical care and medical tasks such as the administration of medication and physiotherapy remain the responsibility of the care home.

The essential care giver should be enabled to visit in all circumstances, including if the care home is in outbreak.

Essential care givers are required to follow the same testing regime as staff members – a minimum of 2 LFTs a week and a weekly PCR. All test results should be shared with the home. Essential care givers should also be subject to additional testing in line with care home staff should the care home be engaged in rapid response daily testing or outbreak testing.

Visitors should wear the same PPE as care home staff. As with all visitors, essential care givers should follow the standard infection prevention and control arrangements, including maintaining hand hygiene and keeping social distance from other people in the home.

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

Page updated: 09/08/2021 Page updated by: Health Protection

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