Delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care
Updated: 7 January 2021
This guide aims to support you, day care managers, social workers, commissioners and providers, to restart or continue activities. It is focused on community-based day services, day centres (with and without personal care), including specialised day centre environments, and those with outdoor spaces.
Key messages Open
- Plans will involve balancing risks and being flexible. They must be underpinned by continued Public Health England guidance and the Government’s planned phases for re-opening the country, and should comply with any future lockdowns.
- It is essential that there is an ongoing conversation between social workers, commissioners, providers and people who access day care services, and their carers and families about changing plans, people’s needs and levels and types of support. This is an ongoing and iterative process.
- Consider the ‘journey’ the service and people who access day care are on – what happened during lockdown, the immediate future, and planning for the long term. There may be opportunities to do things in new and innovative ways.
About this guide
This guide about face-to-face adult day care provision in England is aimed at commissioners, providers and managers.
These topics cover practical information you need to think about when re-opening services.Up-to-date information on restrictions
Discusses starting points and the different types of conversations that need to take place.
Advice on the different risk assessments needed when preparing to deliver safe adult day care.
Practice examples and tools to demonstrate what organisations have achieved.
- COVID-19 infection control for care providers (Quick guide)
- Infection control e-learning course
- Dementia in care homes and COVID-19
- Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Q&A Coronavirus (COVID-19): Dementia and care homes
- Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis
- Safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 crisis
- COVID-19 resource and best practice hub for social care
DHSC and Public Health England Open
Department for Education Open
Other resources Open
This guidance was developed in collaboration with Public Health England, the Local Government Association and Kings’s College London as part of the NIHR, Applied Research Collaboration, South London.