A Step Forward
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has expressed relief that the Government has listened to the voice of the sector and facilitated changes to care home visiting and admissions.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“Have worked hard with the DHSC to help catalyse these changes we welcome them and look forward to analysing the finer details in the guidance. It is vital to ensure that the national roadmap helps to advantage all those in receipt of care, including younger working aged adults, to enjoy their rights to purposeful lives as active members of families and communities”.
As part of limited changes to come into effect from Monday 21st June, the Prime Minister has announced further easing of restrictions on visits and admissions in care homes. These are outcomes which Care England has worked hard to bring about. From 21 June these are: For visits in to care homes, all care home residents will be able to nominate an essential care giver. These essential care givers will be able to visit the care home resident, even if the resident is isolating.Care home residents will no longer need to isolate on return from a visit out of their care home, including overnight stays. Care homes will need to conduct individual risk assessments to ensure visits out are not high risk. People admitted to a care home from the community will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, where specific criteria are met, including an enhanced testing regime. Full details of the changes that will come into effect can be found here: GOV.UK and further details about the changes to the visiting guidance can be found here: GOV.UK
Martin Green continues:
“We will continue to engage with the DHSC on all issues relating to the roadmap in order to empower providers to work within the best interests of those whom they support”.