Care home visits unlikely to return to normal after Freedom Day on July 19 – .

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Care home visits unlikely to return to normal after Freedom Day on July 19 – .


Home visits will not return to normal after July 19, as visitors will still have to wear masks, England’s Minister of Care admitted today.

Helen Whately warned families to prepare for maintaining some restrictions, saying there would be a more “step by step” approach to opening up the area.

But charities have accused ministers of forgetting about homes as they prepare for a reopening of the “big bang” that will see the return of nightclubs and festivals.

Boris Johnson will finalize his plans to end the lockdown in two weeks this afternoon, although many measures are expected to remain in place.

Visitors to nursing homes should already have tested negative for the virus on the day of their visit and wear PPE throughout their visit.

They are advised to minimize physical contact and that hugs are only safe if they are double vaccinated, wear PPE, and contact is brief.

Residents have been allowed to visit up to five named family or friends since May, and up to two visits per day.

They are also allowed to leave their homes to spend the night elsewhere, although they must self-isolate for two weeks upon their return.

Residents of nursing homes were all offered at least two doses of the vaccine. More than 40,000 deaths from Covid have been recorded in the sector since the start of the pandemic.

Helen Whately said some restrictions will remain in place for nursing homes

Residents are currently permitted up to five named visitors and two visits per day. Although in practice, many homes allow fewer visits than this. (Pictured: Stock)

What are the rules for visiting retirement homes?

Care homes have several rules in place for visitation, which took effect after the lockdown was last eased in May.

Visitors are required to take a lateral flow test for the virus upon arrival – which takes up to 30 minutes to show results.

They are also required to wear PPE such as aprons, gloves and face masks.

Residents of nursing homes are permitted to receive up to five named visitors, with up to two visits from different members of this group per day.

They are also allowed to stay overnight and go to hospital, but must self-isolate for two weeks upon their return.

Asked about the evolution of home visits on Freedom Day, Ms Whately told Sky News: “I don’t think the visits will be completely back to normal.

“It will still take some precautions.

“It’s step by step, to get things as close as possible to normal, while protecting those most at risk of Covid. “

Speaking later on Times Radio, she added that visitors and staff would likely still be required to wear face masks.

She said: “I’m going to look at the tips, I’m going to be judgmental, but I’m not keen on wearing one when I don’t need it – personally it’s not something I like. make.

“But I’m also very aware that there will be circumstances, I expect to continue clearly in health and social care, where people will have to continue to wear PPE, which includes masks. ”

Parents and Residents Association (R&RA) director, Helen Wildbore, said: “R&RA has been asking the government to release a strategy to reopen care facilities for over a year now.

“Callers to our hotline are desperate not to know where they stand and when the restrictions will be lifted.

“We hear a growing sense of fear that people living in care will be left behind and forgotten as the rest of the country returns to normal. “

Boris Johnson will outline his plans for Freedom Day relaxations, including new rules for care homes at 5 p.m.

Nursing homes have effectively been closed since the first wave, when patients were released from hospital there without being tested for the virus.

Their residents – who are among the most vulnerable to the virus – were prioritized when deploying jabs that aimed to protect as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

They have now all been offered both doses of the vaccine.

More than 40,000 people living in nursing homes have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

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