First care home visitors under new guidance arrive

Published: Monday 12th April 2021

We are delighted to welcome the first visitors to our care and nursing homes following the Government’s easing of visit restrictions today (12 April), which means residents can now meet two named visitors indoors.

The latest announcement by Government also allows visitors who are parents to be accompanied by babies and young children, who do not count as one of the visitors.

Throughout the pandemic we have continued to welcome visitors by working with residents, their families and care home managers to find safe solutions wherever possible, depending on individual circumstances.

Among those welcoming two visitors indoors today was Gloria (pictured below) at Blenheim Care Home, who was celebrating her 84th birthday with family.

Also at Blenheim Care Home Pat met with daughter Amanda and husband Andy.

Meanwhile, Jean welcomed daughter Colleen and son-in law Neville at Tilford Care and Nursing Home.

The scenes were mirrored at our residential care and nursing homes across the country.

Agincare Care Homes Chief Operating Officer Tim Buckley said:

“It is fantastic to welcome even more visitors indoors, especially children who I am sure will bring a happy smile to many faces, as well as sign of more normality as we continue to emerge from the Covid pandemic.

“Everyone at Agincare is passionate about making visits happen, so we welcome the latest announcement as a further step towards welcoming more and more people in the future as restrictions continue to ease.

“We know just how treasured visits are by our residents, their loved ones and our care home teams, and we have already been facilitating safe visits wherever possible during the pandemic.”

Visitors to our residential care and nursing homes should contact the manager in the first instance so that visits can be managed in a safe and controlled way, and arrangements explained fully.

Visitors are expected take a Covid test and follow guidelines, including wearing PPE, to keep themselves, residents and care home teams as safe as possible.

The vast majority of our residents have received their first Covid vaccination and most have now also received their second jab.

See guidance on visiting our care and nursing homes.