COVID-19 guidance for care homes published

April 3, 2020

Government has published detailed guidance for care homes who are supporting people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The guidance is specifically for the residential care sector, including registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care, local health protection teams, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Regarding homecare providers, the document states that the Government will 'continue to provide domiciliary care providers with the information they need to continue providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic.'

Containing information on the admission and care of residents, the COVID-19 guidance for care homes covers:

  • Admission of residents.
  • Caring for residents, depending on their COVID-19 status.
  • Reporting of COVID-19 cases.
  • Providing care after death, advice for staff.
  • Supporting existing residents that may require hospital care.
  • National support available to implement the guidance.

There are also annexes containing useful information and contacts for topics such as infection control, receiving residents who have been discharged from hospital and isolation of symptomatic residents.

The full document can be read on the Government website.

On the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) website, there is also a set of answers to questions asked by both people using adult social care services and providing services to people. These questions have been answered by Helen Whately, Minister of State for Care, Paul Burstow, Chair of SCIE and Matthew Winn, Director of Ageing Well and Community Services, NHS England.

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