Great news today, the government has announced that families who test negative for Covid-19 will be able to visit care home residents. Lateral Flow Device testing (LFD) is going to be used to test family members before visiting. Results from the tests will come back within 30 minutes and as long as the test comes back negative, you’ll be able to visit residents inside the home. Visits will still need to be socially distanced and visitors will need to be wearing PPE.
Visiting Our Home this Christmas
We’ve been working hard to ensure we are aligned to the new changes in government guidance and that we can welcome visitors back into the home.
We will be carefully planning Christmas visitation to ensure that everyone who wants to visit can. We are setting up an indoor visiting room and you will be able to telephone us to secure a visiting time.
Our designated visiting room will be similar to a living room, with comfortable furnishing and heating to create a welcoming and warm environment for you. We would not encourage residents to leave the service, as the current guidance states that only those of working age should.
Please note, the directors or registered manager may postpone visits at any time without prior notice, should they feel it necessary for the safety of all, or if instructed to by the government or public health guidance. This may result in a visit being cancelled at short notice, but you can rest assured that we will do our best to give you as much notice as possible.
We are also very excited to hear that a vaccine is imminent, and the government has stated that care home residents and staff will be the first priority in their vaccination plan. This is brilliant news for the whole country and brings us renewed optimism that we can look forward to a happy and healthy new year!