Indoor care home visits from March 8th

The Prime Minister has announced that care home residents will be able to be visited indoors by a single, named individual from March 8th.

The new rules form part of the PM’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ and will allow a single visitor to hold hands indoors with their relative in a care home, and make repeat visits.

Every resident will have the opportunity to name one individual, who will be required to have a test beforehand, wear PPE during the visit and avoid close contact.

If you’re planning to visit a loved one in a care home you may want to consider wearing a full face shield visor as well as a mask for added protection.

Unlike masks, full face shield visors also protect the eyes – which can be an entry point into the body for some viruses. They also have the benefit of providing a physical barrier which help stop wearers touching their face with their hands.

Restrictions on visits have been in place during lockdown to protect vulnerable residents. While coronavirus cases remain high, the number of infections is falling. The UK’s vaccination programme has seen every care home resident offered a jab, with almost 17 million vaccinations carried out in total to date.