Adult care services
From 19 July the latest changes will be made to visits in and out of care homes. For full details of the changes see the gov.uk summary of the guidance for visitors (external link), the guidance on care home visiting (external link) and visits out of care homes page (external link). This guidance replaces previous guidance on care home visiting and visits out of care homes.
Residents can have ‘named visitors’ who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits. There is no limit on the number of ‘named visitors’ that a single resident can have and no nationally set limit on the number who can visit in a single day.
For further details of the latest changes see our guidelines for visiting our 16 county council run care settings. We're supporting independent care providers to do the same.
You will not be able to visit anyone in a care home if you:
- have tested positive for Covid-19, whether or not you are displaying symptoms and are completing your 10 day isolation period
- live in the same household as someone who has tested positive and you are completing your 10 day isolation period
- have any coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, a new dry and persistent cough, a loss of taste or smell or you are generally feeling unwell
- have been identified through the Test and Trace programme as a 'contact' of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and are within the 10 day isolation period
Adult Disability Services
Short break services
All eight short break services are open.
There are additional infection prevention and control and social distancing measures in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
We have changed the way the services operate. This includes increasing infection prevention and control measures and introducing additional cleaning.
There are new guidelines for visitors and extra signage in place throughout the buildings.
There are also some changes to the way respite is booked each week and we are contacting all people that use the service and their families regarding the arrangements.
Adult disability day services
Lancashire County Council and other social care providers have welcomed people back to adult day services.
The services, which provide daytime support for adults with physical and learning disabilities and older people, had been open for very limited numbers of people since early January because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Some had been closed during this period.
There are now more measures in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus including:
- Regular testing for staff using the services as part of the national support programme.
- Additional asymptomatic lateral flow testing for staff.
- Vaccinations being made available to all staff, and many service users in vulnerable groups being vaccinated as part of the national programme.
Our plans to resume and reopen these services have taken into consideration people who were previously asked to shield and those added to the list by the Government on 16 February 2021.
Day care services provide vital support to older people, adults with disabilities and their families, who are given the opportunity to take a short break from their caring role knowing their relatives are being well supported.
Providers can now plan accordingly to meet the needs of people who use the services, families and staff to operate whilst keeping everyone as safe as possible.
This position will be reviewed in line with Government guidelines.
Statement from Lancashire Council regarding Adult Social Care Day Support Services (issued 8 January 2021)