Protecting people at risk and care home visits

Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus

If you are clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.

Formal shielding measures will come to an end on April 1.

However, Bolton's COVID Humanitarian Support Hub and helpline will remain open for those in need of additional support.

Care Home visiting

As the country continues to move through the roadmap out of lockdown, the government has updated its guidance in respect of visiting in care homes during COVID-19

From April 12th:

  • Every resident can have two, named, regular indoor visitors. These visitors will be able to visit together or separately but must remain, as much as possible, the same 2 people while these rules are in place
  • Visitors are required to have a lateral flow COVID-19 test beforehand, wear PPE during the visit and avoid close contact other than holding hands
  • Outdoor, pod, screen and window visits can continue under the same rules in place during lockdown, meaning residents can see more than just the people they nominate
  • Visits should be booked in advance, ad hoc or unannounced visits will not be possible.
  • Visiting may be suspended if there are local outbreaks at individual homes
  • Visits in exceptional circumstances such as end of life should always be enabled

Visits can involve children but should be carefully considered by the family and planned and agreed with the care home in advance. Any children visiting will count towards the maximum number allowed for the visit (apart from babies and very young children  - generally a child under the age of 2). Close physical contact between babies or young children and the residents they are visiting is to be avoided.

Individual care homes may choose to introduce additional precautions in order to keep residents and staff safe.

There is separate guidance for those in supported living.