Visiting our nursing homes
The government announced the following further relaxation of the guidance around visiting care homes, to take effect from Monday 17th May:
Residents can now be visited by 5 named visitors (including their essential care giver if they have one), with a maximum of 2 visitors at any one time or on a given day. These daily limits do not apply for very young children or essential care givers.
Visits out of the care home will be planned in consultation with the family and care home managers, subject to testing requirements and risk assessments to protect residents.
Activities outside of the care home that will not require self-isolation include:
- outdoor visits to parks, beaches or gardens
- medical appointments
- visiting day centres
- attending educational settings
- going to work
Recovery testing will take place 14 days after the last positive result in an outbreak, rather than 28 days, except where the outbreak included evidence of Variants of Concern (VOCs). Where all the recovery testing showed negative results the restrictions on visits would be removed.
Visits to our nursing homes will still need to be booked in advance and all visitors will need to follow the existing testing and infection control and prevention measures during their visits.
Do speak to the nursing home manager if you have any questions.
In some cases, where the care plan has indicated that a resident’s condition would deteriorate without certain elements of care being delivered by a relative/advocate/representative, staff will arrange Essential Resident Visits. More information can be found in our leaflet: Essential Resident Visitors leaflet
Accepting New Residents
Our care homes are still accepting new residents. Staff would be delighted to answer any queries you have by telephone or email, although it’s currently not possible to visit the homes in person. More information about becoming a resident at one of our homes is also available on our website.
Contacting Support Office
The BCOP Support Office is open as normal.