Care Homes: Visits

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd September 2020.

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Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will clarify guidance on the permitted social interactions for those in care home settings with their immediate family members.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

On 22 July 2020 the Government published updated guidance on visiting arrangements for care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is applicable to all nursing and care homes and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus

We appreciate the challenges which care homes face in safeguarding their residents, and we are aware that limiting visits in care homes has been difficult for many families and residents. Care homes can now develop their visiting policies based on a local dynamic risk assessment. This approach is based on the circumstances and needs of the individual care setting, including both residents and staff and the external COVID-19 environment.

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