The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch, has welcomed the news that restrictions will ease further in care homes, which will see residents have increased visits from loved ones.

The move to phase two ‘gradual easing’ in the guidance document, entitled ‘Visiting with Care – A Pathway’ will allow up to four people from no more than two households to visit up to four times per week. This is in addition to the care partner arrangement which remains in place.

Responding to the announcement, the Commissioner for Older People, Eddie Lynch said:

“I have heard first-hand from those living in care homes just how difficult the restrictions around visiting have been so this is very welcome news for many residents and their loved ones. Moving to the next phase in the pathway document is a small step towards normality, but a significant one for care home residents.

“It is crucial that restrictions in care homes are not in place for longer than is absolutely necessary and with many of the restrictions being eased for the rest of society over the past few weeks and months, I’m delighted that increased visits are now being safely permitted, enabling residents to enjoy even more face-to-face contact with their loved ones.

“I would echo the Health Minister’s warning and reminder that COVID 19 is still prevalent in society and again would urge everyone to continue to practice good personal hygiene and to avail of the vaccine and the booster vaccine where eligible.”

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