Yesterday the government announced that visits can resume for care home residents in England once local authorities and local public health directors say it is safe following doors closing during the coronavirus lockdown. Here Laura Hannah, a Partner in the Regulatory Team at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, comments on the regulatory implications for care home operators as they prepare to open their doors to visitors once again.
Laura said: “The new government guidance which permits care homes in England to allow visitors is a welcome development for families who have been waiting to visit their loved ones.
“However, care homes need to be mindful of the ongoing risks associated with these visits. Care providers will need to carefully monitor the number of visitors and ensure that the appropriate risk assessments and infection control procedures are in place to manage those risks safely and effectively. If they do not do so, they could find themselves in breach of their regulatory obligations”.