Guidance on care home visiting

Read all of this guidance to get information on:

  • Developing the visiting policy in the care home
  • Delivering safe visiting

Important information from the guidance

These decisions should involve the resident, their family and friends and the provider and other relevant professionals such as social workers or clinicians where appropriate. Throughout this guidance we use the phrase ‘family and friends’

All decisions should be taken in light of general legal obligations, such as those under the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998, as applicable. Providers must also have regard to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) ethical framework for adult social care.

Testing for professionals visiting care homes

Read all of this guidance to get information on:

  • NHS professionals visiting care homes who are part of regular staff testing
  • Testing for CQC inspectors visiting care homes
  • Professionals not regularly tested through NHS or CQC staff testing
  • 90-day window
  • Void or invalid result