Coronavirus update - visiting in care homes
Following the government announcement on 10 May 2021 that residents in care homes can now have 5 nominated visitors, arrangements have been made in all or our homes for this to take place.
From the 17 May 2021 every resident is able to have 5 nominated visitors, a maximum of 2 visitors will be allowed at any one time or on any given day.
Each visitor will need to have a lateral flow test and receive a negative result before the visit can take place and will be required to wear the correct PPE. This will be provided by the home. Visits must be planned with the home.
It may be possible for the nominated visitor to complete the lateral flow test at home however it is at the discretion of the home manager whether they wish to accept visitors who have self-tested at home. Visitors wishing to self-test will need to adhere to the process for completing and registering the test. This will be provided by the care home manager.
It may also be possible for a child under 2 to visit. This should be discussed with the home manager before the planned visit. The child is not counted in the 5 visitor guidance.
Visits will not be able to take place if the home is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 and will only resume when the outbreak is deemed to be over.
Government guidance published on 1 May 2021 states that residents in residential care homes can leave the home with a staff member or their nominated visitors to access outdoor spaces without the need to isolate for 14 days on their return. All visits must be planned with the home.
The current guidelines for visitors are attached to this page.
Accommodation and housing
As people get older they're advised to start thinking about the housing needs they may need in later life, so that a hurried decision in a crisis can be avoided.
You can find information about:
District and borough councils and housing associations provide accommodation for older people including sheltered housing and housing that may have been adapted to suit the needs of people with mobility problems. To be considered for accommodation you need to register with your local housing department:
In addition to district and borough councils there are housing associations working within the county that have accommodation suitable for older people. Your local district or borough council may have details of the associations covering your area.
Home options is a scheme that enables people currently living in council or housing association accommodation to apply to transfer to more suitable accommodation. It also allows people living in private housing to register with a district or borough council to apply for vacant social housing properties. You can contact your local district or borough council to apply.
Support to stay in your own home
Working with borough and district councils we provide a range of services to help you to stay living in your own home. You can visit our help to live at home page or watch our Happy in Your home video to find out more.
Housing and accommodation for an ageing population
As the number of older people in Derbyshire continues to rise, we need to make sure we have a range of accommodation and housing to help them live safely and independently for as long as possible.
We've worked with district and borough councils to develop a strategic vision for how to do this up to 2035. Our strategic vision is attached to this page. We want to work with partner organisations across Derbyshire to explore some of the options in this document.