Coronavirus guidance for visiting adult care homes

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance for adult care homes in Scotland on gradually resuming visits during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It explains how care home visiting may be re-introduced while minimising the risks to residents, staff and visitors. 

The guidance takes a staged approach, where stage 1 – essential visits only - has been in operation throughout the pandemic.

It sets out how relaxation of visiting restrictions will take place in three further stages, moving through outdoor visiting, indoor visiting by one designated person and eventually to a controlled programme of outdoor and indoor visiting. 

It also explains what precautions will be taken to keep care home residents, visitors and staff safe, and includes an information leaflet which care homes can give to visitors.

The guidance has been produced by the Care Homes Clinical and Professional Advisory Group (CPAG), a short life multi-disciplinary group chaired by members of the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer directorates. The group has been established to provide clinical and professional advice throughout the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Anyone working in the adult care home sector in Scotland.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

The Care Homes CPAG will continue to review the guidance, taking account of changes in the emerging picture around COVID-19.

At a national level, each stage of easing of restrictions will be assessed depending on scientific advice and the progress of the infection rates. If risks are identified, restrictions may be resumed.

Any home that has an ongoing outbreak will have to close to non-essential visitors.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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