Given the coverage on National news you may be aware guidance has been published by GOV.UK regarding visiting arrangements in Care Homes.
In line with the guidance our priority must remain, preventing infections in care homes and this means that visiting policy should still be restricted with alternatives sought wherever possible.
Care homes can now develop a policy for limited visits, following the advice set out in the guidance, however it will involve input from each Local Authority and Local Public Health Teams which has not yet been communicated.
In considering the new guidance Gainfords Visiting Policy, Contingency plan, and Risk Assessments are under review however until safe systems are fully in place visiting arrangements will remain as they are at present.
We realise how difficult it has been for residents and relatives to have had these restrictions in place for what seems a long period of time and wish to thank you for your patience and continued support.
Since the 1st July 20 where possible homes have facilitated visiting to our homes in outdoor spaces, and this will continue however this is subject to strict conditions and the manager or director’s do have the right to withdraw permission at any time without notice, should they feel this to be in the interests of residents, and staff.
As previously communicated any request to visit where there are exceptional circumstances will be considered by the Home Manager. Unfortunately this is an ever-changing situation, all government guidance and advice will continue to be monitored, and we are hopeful that limited visiting inside our Care Homes will be introduced over the next few weeks, when it is considered safe to all concerned.
Once again, many thanks for your continued support to our residents and staff, we will continue to communicate any further changes in a timely manner.