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Care Home Visiting

Care Home Visiting
Sheffield City Council is encouraging and supporting care homes in Sheffield to provide safe visiting opportunities. The Government has announced the new single named visitor scheme for care homes from 8 March 2021. This means all care home residents are able to nominate a single named visitor for indoor visiting. Families and residents should discuss this and agree a nominated individual. For further information please see the council’s website providing information about the existing local guidance on visiting in care homes.

The guidance will change on 12 April when residents can nominate 2 visitors.

From 12 April visits out of care homes will be allowed but a two week quarantine period is still required. The new guidance states that: “a resident making a visit out of the care home should isolate for 14 days on their return”.

Under new guidance to begin from Tuesday 4 May, people living in care homes in England will not have to self-isolate if they leave the home to be in the garden of a relative or friend, or to visit outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches.

They must be accompanied by either a care worker or a named visitor, and must socially distance when away from the home. They cannot meet in groups, as currently permitted for others outside, and can go indoors only to use toilets.

The full guidance has not yet been set out, and could vary for areas with high or fast-rising levels of coronavirus infection, or the presence of variants of the virus being monitored by the government.

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