Visiting someone who lives in residential or nursing care homes

Can I visit someone who lives in residential care or a nursing care home?

Care homes and care home providers now have strict visitor policies in place due to the risk of COVID-19 to residents.  Almost all care homes now restrict visitors and but please check directly with the home.

In general, you should not be visiting care homes or supported living schemes, even though you may be feeling well and will be missing loved ones. You could try to stay in touch by telephone, post or using the internet. We are all required now to keep a two metre distance from other people and stay home as far as possible.

If you are allowed to visit, you should adhere to NHS’s guidance on hand hygiene and follow new advice on social distancing and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.

Guidance has been published recommending action for all members of a household if one person is showing symptoms. This guidance does not normally apply to care homes because of the ability of care homes to provide isolation precautions for individuals living in the home.

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