Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Sets out how care homes can support residents on visits outside of the care home.



This guidance applies to residential care settings for older people and adults of working age. It sets out:

  • how visits out of a care home can take place
  • steps to reduce risk around a visit out
  • the role of the provider in supporting outward visiting
  • the need for individual risk assessments

This guidance should be read alongside visiting arrangements in care homes.

Published 1 December 2020
Last updated 14 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Visits out of care homes', removed 'Visits out of care homes: supplementary guidance' and added a new document 'Visits out of care homes: summary of guidance'. From 17 May 2021, care home residents may leave their care home to spend time outdoors (avoiding crowded spaces) and take part in outdoor exercise not involving close contact with others. Residents will also be able to go to medical appointments (excluding overnight stays in hospital), a workplace, educational setting, and day centres without having to self-isolate on their return.

  2. Added Supplementary guidance: visits out of care homes.

  3. Updated to include more information about steps that should be taken to reduce the risks around a visit out of the care home.

  4. Updated to reflect information published in the 'COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021' roadmap on 22 February.

  5. Guidance updated in line with the national restrictions introduced on 6 January.

  6. Updated to include information about visiting out of care homes in Tier 4.

  7. First published.