FAMILIES across Worcestershire can now be reunited with loved ones in care homes.
Worcestershire County Council Public Health has considered the current situation and the impact the closure of care homes, is having on families and residents. The decision has been taken to advise care homes that limited visits to residents can now be arranged, providing strict safety measures are in place to protect vulnerable residents.
Extra Care and Supported Living will also be advised they can open to limited family visits again.
All visitors will be asked to follow strict visiting rules, and individual care homes will need to regularly assess their residents’ needs and vulnerabilities, to ensure visits continue to be conducted as safely as possible.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, director for public health for Worcestershire said: “ Our first priority must always be the safety and health of our most vulnerable, poorly and elderly residents.
“Restricting visits to care homes was a very difficult decision, and we promised we would continue to monitor the impact this would have. It is always a question of balancing protection from Covid-19, with the mental health and emotional wellbeing aspects of restricting family contact.
“With these considerations in mind, we have decided to advise that care homes can re-open to limited visitors, providing there are stringent safety measures in place.
“I hope this will ease worry and anxiety for Worcestershire families and I thank our residents, families, and care homes for working with us to protect loved ones.”
Coun Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said: “I hope the re-opening of care homes for visits will bring comfort and reassurance.
“When you visit, please follow the rules, they are there to protect everyone. Covid-19 is on the rise still, we must take it as seriously as ever.”