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Nominated friends and family allowed for care home visits

Nominated friends and family allowed for care home visits

Author: Sarah Akomanyi | Monday 8th March 2021

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Providing they carry out a COVID- 19 test, keep physical contact to a minimum and also wear PPE, as of today (Monday March 8), in England, a nominated friend or relative will be able to visit a loved one in a care home.

To keep the virus from spreading, hugs and kisses will not be permitted. According to the government guidelines, handholding will be allowed.

This will be great news for anyone who hasn't seen their friends/family who resides in a care home, especially as it has been around a year now since the care homes first closed their doors to visitors.

For those who are unable to come inside, outdoor window visits are still allowed to happen.

Nominated visitors will not be permitted to enter care homes where there are COVID-19 outbreaks, the guidance states.

Allowing for nominated to step it up and let more people visit care homes.

Director Helen Wildbore said: "The new guidance lacks the teeth necessary to ensure the prime minister's promise to reunite older people with their families becomes a reality.

"Instead the government continues to pass the buck on to care providers without providing the clarity and direction needed to make sure this happens."