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Maintaining resident social connections during COVID-19: considerations for long-term care

Citation: Ickert, C. et al. Maintaining Resident Social Connections During COVID-19: Considerations for Long-Term Care. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 6. Worldwide, long-term care (LTC) homes have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The significant risk of COVID-19 to LTC residents has resulted in major public health restrictions placed on LTC visitation. This article describes the important considerations for the facilitation of social connections between LTC residents and their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the experiences of 10 continuing care homes in Alberta, Canada. Important considerations include: technology, physical space, human resource requirements, scheduling and organization, and infection prevention and control. This paper describes some of the challenges encountered when implementing alternative visit approaches such as video and phone visits, window visits and outdoor in-person visits, and share several strategies and approaches to managing this new process within LTC.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

Making evidence and policy in public health emergencies: lessons from COVID-19 for adaptive evidence-making and intervention

Evidence and Policy

Background: In public health emergencies, evidence, intervention, decisions and translation proceed simultaneously, in greatly compressed timeframes, with knowledge and advice constantly in flux. Idealised approaches to evidence-based policy and practice are ill equipped to deal with the uncertainties arising in evolving situations of need. Key points for discussion: There is much to learn from rapid assessment and outbreak science approaches. These emphasise methodological pluralism, adaptive knowledge generation, intervention pragmatism, and an understanding of health and intervention as situated in their practices of implementation. The unprecedented challenges of novel viral outbreaks like COVID-19 do not simply require us to speed up existing evidence-based approaches, but necessitate new ways of thinking about how a more emergent and adaptive evidence-making might be done. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to appraise critically what constitutes ‘evidence-enough’ for iterative rapid decisions in-the-now. There are important lessons for how evidence and intervention co-emerge in social practices, and for how evidence-making and intervening proceeds through dialogue incorporating multiple forms of evidence and expertise. Conclusions and implications: Rather than treating adaptive evidence-making and decision making as a break from the routine, we argue that this should be a defining feature of an ‘evidence-making intervention’ approach to health.

Last updated on hub: 09 September 2020

Making virtue of necessity. Experiences and lessons from Spain during Covid-19

Social Work Education (The International Journal)

The present paper intends to give an overview of how students and lecturers of the Faculty of Social Work at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) experienced and faced the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout the paper, it will be explained what measures were taken, the effects that these measures had on the academic community, the challenges of becoming digital for most of the lecturers and students. The paper will conclude by reflecting on the new opportunities that the context paves the way for, and the insights gained, lessons learnt and ideas to put in action for the future.

Last updated on hub: 12 November 2020

Managing bereavement

Skills for Care

This COVID-19 response webinar focuses on bereavement and the staff experience of losing a colleague or a person they are caring for. Bereavement is the experience of losing someone important to us and is characterised by grief, which is the process and the range of emotions we go through as we gradually adjust to the loss. Claire Henry and colleagues from Skills for Care discuss what bereavement in the workplace setting means and how to support staff at this time including support to help move forward.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages

NHS England

Guidance for care providers and their teams who are planning for how best to manage their capacity across inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It aims to support existing contingency planning for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It outlines some principles that should be followed when responding to the pressures of COVID-19 in the mental health/learning disability and autism system and what should be considered in order to maximise capacity across services when needed. It also includes additional considerations specific to services for people with a learning disability and/or autism. The guidance will be relevant for a range of professionals, including commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience and others who may be involved in pathways of care.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Managing coronavirus risk and liability in health and social care


LaingBuisson in partnership with DAC Beachcroft and Marsh held a conversation about managing coronavirus risk and liability in health and social care. This webinar focused on current insurance considerations, mitigating actions care providers should be taking, regulatory implications and Human Rights Act consideration. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: [Webinar recorded 20 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Managing mental health through Covid-19: tips for good practice

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

The COVID-19 pandemic presents various mental health challenges for a wide range of communities across the UK. Evidence has emerged of a specific and serious impact for those with underlying health conditions and for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. As new measures are introduced, their effects on many people’s usual activities, routines or livelihoods multiply, resulting in increased levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behaviour. This publication highlights some overarching principles and local innovative practices that are being adopted by different local authorities to meet these increasing needs and prevent people entering secondary mental health services unnecessarily. While mental health is determined by much broader factors than access to mental health services, these are critical for people experiencing mental illness. Services were already stretched, with many providers reporting an inability to meet the rising demand prior to the pandemic, and lockdown is adding pressure that is likely to increase in future. These good practice examples show what can be achieved with good partnership working, excellent communication channels and a genuine desire to improve the lives of those who experience mental health issues.

Last updated on hub: 20 January 2021

Managing the wellbeing of social care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic: employers' guide

Local Government Association

This guide helps employers and managers to think about the wellbeing of their staff and fulfil their duty of care for their employees, which carries on no matter where staff are based. Employers have a responsibility to provide the necessary working conditions and support to staff to reduce stress at work, and this is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic when staff are working under excessive pressures. The guide covers: wellbeing tips for employers; supporting employees’ learning; thinking about the workplace; building managers’ resilience; social care workers facing stigma; and managing bereavement in care work. The document signposts to additional resources and guidance.

Last updated on hub: 24 September 2020

Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities

King's College London

This study examines the arrangements put in place in children’s social care services during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown and considers what their impact and legacy might be. A modified Delphi methodology was adopted, gathering expert opinion from 15 representatives of English local authorities to through a series of iterative questionnaires, with a goal of coming to a group consensus. Findings cover a whole range of issues, including home and office working; referrals; working with families in a pandemic; foster care; care leavers and unaccompanied young people seeking asylum; residential homes; multi-agency working; recruitment; planning for the end of lockdown; and lessons for the future. The study found that the local authorities have responded to three interrelated imperatives: to keep social workers safe while promoting their health and wellbeing, to work with extremely vulnerable families and to use technology to undertake work with these families who may be technology poor. All authorities were conscious that soon they could be facing additional challenges as they dealt not only with the practicalities of social distancing and technology, but the increased number of referrals that they expected once other services returned to ‘more business as usual’ operations. There was concern about those families who had been exposed to the risks arising within their homes such as domestic abuse, coercive control, alcohol and substance misuse, with consequences for their mental and physical health. COVID-19 has also offered opportunities, leading children’s social care services to think afresh about how things work and speed up changes that would have taken years to introduce. Previous notions of how to conduct an assessment, engage in direct practice and offer student placements are amongst the many activities that have been tested and reshaped, at least temporarily. Similarly, virtual visits to families were reported to be effective in certain circumstances and be less intrusive for some families, although establishing face-to-face contact in the home will continue to be necessary.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020

Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities: briefing paper

King's College London

Summarises the finding of a study examining the arrangements put in place in children’s social care services in 15 local authorities during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown. Findings cover: the social work workforce; referrals to children’s social care; work with families; foster care; care leavers; unaccompanied young people seeking asylum; residential homes; multi-agency working; cross-authority work; students and placements; recruitment; support for local authorities through COVID-19; planning for the end of lockdown; and lessons for the future. Lessons include: the use of technology in contacting parents should be approached with caution, taking account of the family’s ability to access it and their confidence in working in this way, and the service’s capacity to provide support in doing so; a proportion of meetings and other interactions will continue to be conducted virtually but these should be monitored to determine what it is effective and efficient to do and in what particular circumstances; the potential of technology to improve social workers’ engagement with young people has been established, but it is important to recognise that it will not work for everyone and there will be those who do not wish to use it in some circumstances; it will be important to build on positive developments that have emerged such as those in relation to multi-agency working.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020