Families with relatives in nursing homes have been told the new lockdown rules mean no hugs are allowed when visiting relatives.
Close-knit visits to nursing homes are prohibited across England during the new coronavirus lockdown, which has been described as a “terrible blow” to residents.
However, visits are allowed where residents are behind screens, in pods, and through windows. This is evident from the lockdown guidelines published by the cabinet office on Monday evening.
This was previously the case for nursing homes in Tier 4 areas.
Nursing homes in areas with lower transmission rates have been able to use coronavirus testing with rapid results to allow for close contact visits.
Nursing homes with outbreaks cannot receive visitors according to new guidelines.
Visits in exceptional circumstances, such as B. End-of-life visits, but can be continued under any circumstances.
The guidance also states that residents who leave their nursing home to visit friends and family cannot meet them indoors, for example in the family home.
The official one Governance here says : “Visits to nursing homes can be done with arrangements such as large screens, visiting capsules or behind windows. Visits to indoor spaces with close contact are not allowed.
“Visits are not allowed in the event of an outbreak.
“You should check the instructions on Visiting nursing homes during COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted.
“The residents cannot meet people when they visit the house (for example, to visit their relatives in the family home).”
Vic Rayner, executive director of the National Care Forum, which represents nonprofit providers, said, “The move away from close visits is a severe blow to residents across the country.
“However, it is very important and positive that visits remain firmly on the agenda and Houses across the country work hard with loved ones to ensure that visits can continue as possible.
“If we emerge from this lockdown, we need to put the needs of nursing home residents high on our priority list and ensure that meaningful visits can resume.”