Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential care homes update
Care home visiting: care home residents across the borough of Rochdale can receive up to 5 named visitors indoors, provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
Care homes can continue to offer visits to other friends or family members with arrangements such as outdoor visiting, substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows.
For added safety and protection, we're recommending visitors:
- Should take 2 lateral flow tests (FAST tests) per week, one of which should be on the day of the visit. These may be accessed through the care home or can be accessed at one of our local FAST test sites.
- Must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout their visit.
- Must show proof they have passed the FAST test prior to entry.
If visitors are already tested regularly through their workplace requirements and can evidence 2 negative tests in the past 7 days this would be sufficient to allow for visiting to proceed.
Each care home is responsible for setting the visiting policy in that home. They must also have certain measures in place to ensure safe visiting, bookable appointments, a staff member to oversee any visits and risk assessments approved by the council's public health team,
You'll need to check with each care home on their process and policy for safe visiting; alternatively email us at
Sometimes it's no longer possible for a parent or other family member to stay living safely in their own home.
In this case, you may decide it's best for them to move to a residential care home. You can choose a residential care home without nursing care or a residential care home with nursing care.
Care homes provide 24-hour care services including accommodation, meals and personal care.
Search for a care home
- You can search for care homes near you on the NHS website using your postcode or town name.
- You'll need to click on the link called 'Visit CQC profile' within each entry to understand the specialist services each home offers such as over 65 years, dementia care and nursing care. This will help you better select an appropriate care home.
- Alternatively, you can contact us and we'll send you a paper list of all the care homes in Rochdale borough.
How to choose a care home
Placing someone into a care home can be an emotional time and, understandably, you'll often worry about finding a suitable care home for yourself or a loved one.
Following this 4 step process should help you become more informed about how to choose a care home.