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Care home visiting – latest advice

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council has been working with care homes across the borough to ensure safe visiting can take place. It has been an incredibly difficult year for everyone, but with COVID-19 being easily transmitted from person to person, the safety of staff and residents in our care homes has been a priority.

Working to Public Health England guidelines, a range of measures have been introduced in order for safe visiting to take place.

This includes:

  • Booking a visit in advance – this is to ensure visit numbers can be monitored to ensure social distancing can be adhered to.
  • For many homes, visits will be limited to one per week for a set time. This will ensure there are enough visiting slots for every resident.
  • Visits should be undertaken by one consistent visitor.
  • Visitors should take a COVID test before visiting – there are three sites in Knowsley offering tests for people without symptoms. Your test result is normally returned within 30 minutes and up to Christmas Eve, the opening times are 9am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am until 4pm at weekends. Festive opening time can be found here. Some homes will offer a test within the care home and each care home will let you know if this is available. You will be asked for evidence of your test result when you visit.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “I know how hard it has been, not being able to see friends and loved ones. We’ve been working with our care homes to ensure safe visiting can take place as we appreciate how important this is.

“We have worked really hard to reduce our infection rates, so let’s keep up the good work and follow the guidance provided by the care home.”

A copy of the care home guidance leaflet can be found here.