Anyone admitted to a care home can be visited by an essential care giver in the 14-day isolation period required under Covid regulations.
Fylde MP Mark Menzies questioned the Secretary of State for Health over discharges from hospital back to care homes.
His question was: "To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the 14-day isolation period remains mandatory for people discharged to care homes from (a) hospital and (b) other care settings; when he plans to replace the isolation period with regular PCR testing; and whether in the event of a negative test result relatives are able to visit care settings during that period to assist with essential tasks, such as eating, dressing, washing or other actions that may be difficult for residents with dementia or other health conditions."
Helen Whately, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, replied: "Our guidance on admissions in to care homes states that those admitted to a care home should isolate for 14 days following admission.
"The 14-day isolation requirement was agreed by senior clinicians and reflects current understanding of clinical vulnerability and the potential for longer incubation periods in care home residents.
"All residents should be tested before admission into a care home and within 72 hours of arrival, whether admitted from hospital, other care settings or the community. Regardless of the test results, the 14-day isolation period should still be observed.
"Whilst visitors are not permitted during isolation periods, an ‘essential care giver’ can visit in order to provide essential care and support, provided they comply with the same testing and personal protective equipment arrangements as care home staff. We continue to keep our guidance to care homes under review and any changes will be based on the latest data and clinical advice."