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Coronavirus: information for people affected by dementia

Alzheimer's Society

Advice and information for people who are living with dementia and their carers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice for carers who live with a person with dementia, information on how best to support someone living alone and tips for supporting for someone living with dementia from a distance. The guide also includes activity ideas, including online and digital activities; and links to additional resources.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes

British Geriatrics Society

Good practice guidance developed to help care home staff, and NHS staff who work with them, to support care home residents through the coronavirus pandemic. Sections cover: identifying residents who may have COVID-19 and how to respond; isolating residents; advance care planning; decisions about escalation of care to hospital; and supporting care home residents and staff.[First published: 30 March 2020; Last updated: 02 June 2020, version 3].

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) programme: e-learning

Health Education England

A free e-learning programme containing e-learning courses relating to the prevention and treatment relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, useful links are included to other sources of information from the NHS and the UK Government.

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Public Health England

Guidance for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities, either for older people or people with special needs. Note, since 19 July 2021, the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people has been to follow the same advice as the rest of the population, with the suggestion of additional precautions people may wish to take. [Published 21/03/2020. Last updated 20/09/2021]

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): housing and care in specialist housing. A Housing LIN practice briefing

Housing LIN

A briefing for providers of specialist housing, such as extra care housing or supported living, which sets out what they should consider when seeking to reduce the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Sections cover factors about preventing the spread of coronavirus and measures to put in place to ensure residents can continue to live independently; staffing and workforce; and broader issues relating to the operational management of schemes. The briefing also signposts to range of useful online resources on government, and other trade and professional bodies’ websites. The briefing will be periodically reviewed and updated.

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance for homeless providers in Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the importance of co-ordination between providers; providers working in partnership to make best use of available workforce; and washing hands when entering and leaving hostel premises or rooms. The guidance is aimed at homeless providers, including hostels, refuges, day centres and shelters. It also includes important messages for hostel staff and residents. The guidance may be updated in line with the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

COVID 19: guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into the delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the need for co-ordination between care providers, the voluntary sector and PHA; making best use of the workforce; and access to PPE. It is aimed at HSC trusts and registered providers of care and support delivered to people in their own homes, including supported living arrangements. It also contains information about informal carers and about carers employed through Direct Payments.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

COVID-19: guidance for nursing and residential care homes in Northern Ireland

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into the delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the need for co-ordination between care providers, the voluntary sector and PHA; making best use of the workforce; and access to PPE. The guidance is aimed at Health and Social Care trusts and registered nursing and residential care home providers. It also contains information relevant for relatives and friends of those in nursing and residential homes.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

Coronavirus Bill: health and social care measures

House of Commons Library

A briefing paper providing information on the key health and social care measures in the Coronavirus Bill, which was introduced in the House of Commons on 19 March 2020 to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes information on the Bill’s health and social care workforce measures, including provisions on emergency registration, indemnity cover, emergency volunteers and NHS pensions. It looks at measures to reduce administrative requirements on health and social care staff, including enabling local authorities to prioritise care for people with the most pressing needs. It also outlines changes to mental health and mental capacity legislation in the Bill.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organization

Summarises key messages that can be used in communications to support the mental and psychosocial well-being of different groups during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It includes messages for health care workers, health care managers, care providers of children, older adults, people with underlying health conditions, and people in isolation.

Last updated on hub: 23 March 2020

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