Scottish Government has published two new Health and Social Care Standards for Scotland’s adult care homes that will put Anne’s Law into practical effect while legislation is being prepared.

The Care Inspectorate has published guidance for providers on how services should ensure they are meeting these new Standards. 

The new Standards set out the expectation that people living in care homes should have the right to see someone who is dear to them, even during a Covid-19 outbreak, and be able to name a person or persons who can directly participate in meeting their care needs.

The Standards should be reflected by care homes in their policies, and the Care Inspectorate will consider whether they are being met when registering, inspecting and supporting homes.

The Scottish Government will provide further support and resource to enhance the Care Inspectorate’s role in supporting visiting rights. This additional resource will enable us to proactively champion the implementation of the new standards and rigorously monitor its progress.

Find out more about the new Standards and the guidance for providers.