Care Home Visiting in a COVID-19 World
As part of the government’s ‘Living with Covid’ plan, adult social care guidance has been consolidated into three documents:
- Infection Prevention and Control in Adult Social Care Settings
- Infection Prevention and Control in Adult Social Care: COVID-19 Supplement
- Testing Guidance for Adult Social Care
Visiting guidance is now contained within the COVID-19 supplement linked above. We note the the ‘essential care giver’ role has been removed and replaced with the rather vague term ‘visitor who provides personal care’.
Below you can find a link to our ‘Partners in Care’ resource which has been instrumental in helping providers implement previous iterations of visiting guidance. There are also links to previous statements and campaigns to enable visiting in care homes.
- Partners in Care: Resources to support meaningful visits – Updated March 2021
- Partners in Care: The Essential Care Giver Role – video resources
- Healthwatch Leeds: Care Home Visiting Summary Report June-August 2021
- Healthwatch Leeds: Being an Essential Care Giver
- Healthwatch Leeds: Essential Carer Giver Mythbuster – October 2021
- FAQs about Essential Caregiver Role – Relatives & Residents Association
- Partners in Care: Joint blogpost with Rights for Residents
- Improvement Academy Blog – The ‘essential caregiver role’: can we progress this in the mainstream?
- CPA visitors’ protocol
- Deadline for Action on Care Home Visiting – 9.2.21
- Call to action on visiting – November 2020
- People need people – reopening care homes – July 2020