Guidance: Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

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Department Of Health


This guidance applies to residential care settings for older people and adults of working age. It sets out:

  • how visits out of a care home can take place
  • steps to reduce risk around a visit out
  • the role of the provider in supporting outward visiting
  • the need for individual risk assessments
Published 1 December 2020
Last updated 1 May 2021 +show all updates

  1. Added Supplementary guidance: visits out of care homes.

  2. Updated to include more information about steps that should be taken to reduce the risks around a visit out of the care home.

  3. Updated to reflect information published in the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ roadmap on 22 February.

  4. Guidance updated in line with the national restrictions introduced on 6 January.

  5. Updated to include information about visiting out of care homes in Tier 4.

  6. First published.

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