Families can visit care home residents indoors from TOMORROW – new rules announced

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Families can visit care home residents indoors from TOMORROW – new rules announced

This is good news for those who have waited patiently to visit their loved ones. However, protective equipment is still needed and not everyone will be able to visit before Christmas. Hugging will be allowed as long as the visitor is wearing masks, gloves, and gowns to stop the spread of infection.

The Cabinet Office said at the weekend that quick coronavirus tests could allow “visitors to have physical contact with their loved one”.

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The announcement added that this could involve close proximity such as “providing personal care and holding hands”.

For visiting care homes, those that wish to see their loved ones must book in advance to arrange a visit.

However, they will only be allowed if it is found that they have tested negative for coronavirus that day.

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The Department of Health announcement on visiting care homes said: “If a visitor has a negative test, is wearing appropriate PPE, and following other infection control measures then it may be possible for visitors to have physical contact with their loved one.

“This would be contact such as providing personal care, holding hands, and a hug.”

The Government body still warned that the visits, especially those with physical contact, will increase the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Many aspects of how visits will be organised will be left to the discretion of individual care homes.

Government ministers have yet to allow elderly residents of care homes, those over the age of 65, to leave the premises.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock commenting on the plans for care homes said: “I know how difficult it has been for people in care homes and their families to be apart for so long.

“The separation has been painful but has protected residents and staff from this deadly virus.

“I’m so pleased we are now able to help reunite families and more safely allow people to have meaningful contact with their loved ones by Christmas.

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