19 Nov 20

Care home visiting must continue

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Care home visiting must continue

At Brunelcare, we understand how important visiting is for our care home residents and their loved ones. That’s why we’re supporting the National Care Forum’s call to ensure the lockdown does not include locking out care home visitors.

We want to ensure our care homes can remain open, if it is safe to do so.

We want to expand visiting, so that at least one relative, friend or carer is designated as a ‘key visitor’, who receives routine weekly testing.

We want the 600,000 rapid tests being rolled out by the Government to be distributed to care homes as a priority. These tests deliver results within an hour, quickly reassuring visitors they are not infectious.

We want to ensure that local authorities do not impose blanket visiting bans, but instead work with us to ensure visiting can continue for as long as possible.

We’re committed to keeping in touch with our relatives, through regular video calls, to update them on the steps we’re taking to keep their loved ones, and our colleagues, safe.

For the latest information on our visiting arrangements, visit our dedicated Coronavirus page here.

Please note that the Bristol area is experiencing a very high level of Covid community transmission, which means that some of our homes will have to close for longer than we would like, and often at short notice.

If you are a relative of a care home resident, and have any questions or concerns, please speak to your relevant care home manager.

The situation is changing rapidly and we will update our website with any new information concerning visiting from the Government, as soon as we receive it.

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