First care home visitors welcomed under new guidance

Published: Monday 8th March 2021

We are delighted to welcome the first visitors to our care and nursing homes, and retirement villages across the country under new care home guidance from 8 March, allowing one regular visitor indoors, who can hold hands with their relative.

We have written to the relatives of our care home residents to update them on the guidance and invite them to call the home to arrange a visit.

Among the first residents to have a visitor was Edna, who welcomed daughter Sue Willis at Edgehill, our care home in Swindon.

Edna has her own part of the garden at Edgehill Care Home that she likes to spend time in, and they have been out together doing some gardening during the visit.

Sue said:

It’s just amazing to be able to come and in spend time with Mum. It feels like Christmas!

Alan Turner visited his mother Mary at St Peter’s Park Retirement Village in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Mary said:

It’s so nice to see him in the flesh, it’s so different to speaking over the telephone. I’m looking forward to further visits, I’ve asked him to book another one and he said he will.

Covid vaccine infographic for all care homes

Throughout the pandemic we’ve been continuing to welcome visitors by working with residents, their families and care home managers to find safe solutions wherever possible depending on individual circumstance and guidelines.

With visit restrictions easing, vaccine rates increasing and homes staying Covid free, we’re looking forward to a return to ‘normality,’ and welcoming even more visitors and new residents.

Agincare Homes Chief Operating Officer Tim Buckley said:

I am delighted that we have got to the point of hosting regular indoor visits where residents and family members can spend valuable time together.

With 98% of our care home residents having received their first vaccine, visit restrictions gradually easing and homes being Covid free, we’re looking forward to welcoming even more visitors and accepting new residents too.

We hope that this is just the start of visits becoming easier and easier to accommodate in coming weeks and months.

Agincare actively lobbies and supports campaigns like Visiting Call to Action campaign and John’s Campaign; and for a more flexible and enabled approach to care home visiting.

Find out more about care home visiting.