Each time the government announces changes to the response to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to consider what this means for our staff and service users. When the lockdown was implemented in March, one of the significant changes was that we had to put restrictions on movement in and out of our homes. This included restricting visitors into our homes, and preventing residents moving between their families’ homes and our residential homes.
We’ve had a lot of enquiries from relatives this week about when they will be able to visit their loved ones, following the government announcements about the next phase of adjusting the lockdown. We know how hard it has been for everyone who is missing their loved ones greatly and we want to support families to reintroduce contact in person alongside virtual contact as we know how important this is. We will look to do this where it we can support this safely, in line with guidance and based on individual risk assessments. We have to assess the risks in relation to COVID-19, but we also have to make sure that any visits can be managed in a way that is in the best of interests of all of the residents, particularly where they may have been shielding difficulty understanding social distancing.
We’re looking at how we might be able to support this at different sites and will keep you updated. In the meantime, if you are would like to register your interest in visiting your relative, please in touch with the registered manager.