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 loved ones, and staff.

However, despite care home visits being permitted from July 2020, the reality for many is that visits have continued to be restricted, resulting in detrimental effects on people’s health, welfare, and wellbeing.

On October 8th, we wrote to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care expressing our concern around the current guidance on visits to care homes. Our letter and the Government's response are linked below.