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COVID-19 and Restricted Visiting
Posted 15th December 2021


Current visiting guidelines at Gainford Care Homes

Gainford Care Homes are so pleased that our homes can now welcome visitors in line with government guidelines which has now moved to 3 designated visitors with two visitors being able to visit at one time.

All homes are adhering to current guidance in which the staff will support you with, should you have any questions please speak with the home.

Please contact the Home and discuss the regularity of visits agreed by the Manager, please use the booking system that has been introduced. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone’s needs however we must also ensure that the safety measures needed are being followed at all times.

Residents can now take a trip out with one of their designated visitors, all of which must be done in line with infection control protocols. The home can discuss this with you in more detail should you wish to take your loved one out for a trip.

A Visitors protocol is available in all homes which goes into further detail, if you require a copy of this again please contact the Home Manager who will issue you with a copy.

Please do not attempt to arrange a visit if you feel unwell, have a cough, shortness of breath or if you have been in contact with someone who may have Coronavirus.

Our Home Managers and staff are aware of the steps to take to help prevent the spread of infection and you will be informed of all updates accordingly.

Further advice can be found at If you have any further questions, please contact the Home Manager.

If any changes are made to current guidelines you will be informed at our earliest opportunity, thank you for your continued support.


Updated visiting guidelines at Gainford Care Homes

21st July 2021

Dear Relative,

I am sure that you are aware following the Government’s announcement England moved to step 4 from Monday 19th July 2021.

As COVID cases are increasing in the community and whilst most of our staff are vaccinated along with our residents, we have made the decision to continue with the visiting arrangements currently in place, which will be reviewed again in the next two weeks.

It is important that we proceed with caution, current guidelines in place make it perfectly clear that visitors need to continue to socially distance as much as possible whilst hand holding and a brief hug is permitted, this does increase risk, so we would ask that you continue to be cautious with your loved ones keeping physical contact to a minimum.

A record of all visitors will continue to be maintained; we would preferably request no more than two visitors at any one time. Residents who make visits outside of the care home do not now need to isolate upon return, however this is subject to a risk assessment, we would ask that they are not taken to crowded spaces and that social distancing is maintained within the community.

Facemasks when visiting and Lateral Flow testing is still required some family members prefer to test at home and provide us with a negative result upon arrival. This is perfectly acceptable however if you are unable to do this we will continue to test on arrival.

We do prefer that wherever possible all visitors to the home are vaccinated, this is not mandatory however would encourage everybody to access vaccination if not already fully vaccinated.

All visits must continue to be booked in advance, there are no changes to visiting outdoors these will continue. I hope this provides clarity on where we are at the moment.

Unfortunately, due to the rising cases this situation needs to be constantly monitored, we will continue to be guided by Public Health England and we will ensure any changes are communicated to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued patience and support if you require anything additional please do not hesitate to contact the Home Manager.


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