FAMILIES can still visit Worcestershire care homes if certain Covid-19 measures are in place.
The care homes must have visiting pods set up with ‘substantial perspex’, otherwise the visits must be arranged between glass windows.
It is up to each care home to decide if it is safe to have visitors, according to latest government guidance.
Close contact visits are not allowed unless for compassionate reasons, such as a resident receiving end-of-life care.
Public Health director for the county, Dr Kathryn Cobain, has welcomed this latest guidance.
She said: “We know how difficult the pandemic has been for families with loved ones in care homes.
“But this means some families will have an opportunity to see their loved ones or be with them at the end of their lives.
“We have to make sure all residents, families and staff are kept safe, which is why we need to have these strict measures.
“We will continue to work closely with colleagues from Adult Social Care and care homes to ensure families can continue to support their loved ones while keeping our most vulnerable residents safe.”
County Councillor Adrian Hardman, cabinet member with responsibility for Adult Social Care, added: “The first lockdown was incredibly isolating but we have moved on from that experience and are in a much better position now.
“This means families can be reassured that despite the current lockdown, family visits can take place.”