Coronavirus update - visiting in care homes
The government revised its guidance around visiting within care homes and visits outside of care homes in July 2021 following the relaxation of restrictions in the wider community. It is welcome news that there are no longer any restrictions on the number of people who can be named as a visitor by each resident.
Each visitor will need to have a lateral flow test and receive a negative result before the visit can take place indoors and will be required to wear the correct PPE. This will be provided by the home. Visits must continue to be planned with the home.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, such as a resident coming towards the end of their life, 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.
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.