The Daily Telegraph

Care home residents can visit overnight and not isolate


CARE home residents will be able to have overnight stays away without the need to isolate for two weeks upon returning to their facility.

Currently residents can only leave their care home for a visit if outdoors or for high-priority reasons, such as a dental or GP appointmen­t, but as part of an easing of visiting restrictio­ns announced on Monday, they will now be able to leave the home for more social reasons without having to isolate.

However, care home residents would still need to isolate for 14 days following a visit out that would be deemed high risk through a risk assessment carried out by the care home, or after an overnight stay at hospital.

It is understood individual risk assessment­s will take into account the vaccinatio­n status of residents, visitors and staff, levels of infection and variants of concern in the community, as well as where the resident is going on a visit and what activities they will take part in whilst on the visit.

They will also need to consider the mode of transport that residents intend to use.

The two-week isolation rule for those who are admitted to a care home from the community will also be lifted from June 21, although if a person is admitted from a hospital or another care home they must also self-isolate.

The Department of Health and Social Care said that to ensure this happened safely, residents would undergo an enhanced testing regime which includes a PCR test before admission, another on the day of admission and a further one seven days later.

The move follows the easing of restrictio­ns in May, which stated residents were no longer subjected to a two-week isolation period if they left the site for high priority appointmen­ts.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “The [need] for residents to isolate for 14 days after visits out of care homes will also be removed, in most cases.”

He added: “At the moment, if a care home resident goes out of the care home on a visit, they have to self-isolate for 14 days on their way back into the care home, that will no longer be required.”

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