Care Home Visitor Suspension Extended

A suspension on visiting care homes has been extended until the end of circuit breaker lockdown.

The DHSC’s homes for older people, dementia care residential units and its learning disability community homes remain closed to all non-essential visitors, to minimise the risk of Covid transmission to residents and staff.

Additionally, the DHSC has extended the temporary closure of Adult Social Care day services. The measure applies to older people’s day services, dementia care day services and learning disability day services across the island. Learning disability respite care facilities will be available on a case-by-case basis, to meet assessed essential needs.  

Minister David Ashford said:  ‘I know people want to visit loved ones in our residential homes and that service users miss coming to our day centres. I thank everyone for their support during the first week of the circuit break and am confident they will understand our reasons for extending the restrictions. All these decisions have been taken in the best interest of vulnerable residents and service users.  

‘Staff are exploring ways to offset disruption in these challenging times. They have made plans to maintain regular contact with clients and carers who use day services during the closure period, via phone, letter and in exceptional circumstances a home visit may be made. We look forward to welcoming visitors back into our residential homes and to seeing service users enjoy activities at our day centres again, at the earliest opportunity.’

The Council of Ministers is due to consider the ongoing lockdown early next week with Chief Minister HQ set to deliver a briefing after their meeting on Monday afternoon.