The arrival of COVID-19 resulted in many rapid changes across health and social care services, with one of them being the suspension of visits to care homes to protect residents, their loves ones and staff.
However, despite care home visits being permitted from July 2020, the sad reality for many is that visits have continued to be restricted, resulting in detrimental effects on people’s health, welfare and wellbeing.
On 8 October 2020, Healthwatch England wrote to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock to express their concerns in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Care and Support Alliance.
In reply, the Department of Health and Social Care has invited Healthwatch England, ADASS and the Care and Support Alliance to sit on a working group for the recently announced care home visiting pilot and to continue to share recommendations for future updates to the visiting guidance.
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