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Safe, happy and together: design ideas for minimising the spread of infection whilst nurturing social interaction in later living communities

Housing LIN

This report outlines a series of practical design recommendations to control the transmission of coronavirus, and other everyday infections, in later-living housing whilst maintaining social interaction for residents. Later living, in this paper, refers to residential accommodation consisting of self-contained apartments with associated communal, support and ancillary spaces under one roof. The document is intended to be a practical guide for designers, operators and developers refurbishing ageing later-living housing projects or considering new ones. It identifies thirteen specific areas that would require improvements in order to safeguard the mental and physical health of residents, and to enable staff to manage additional tasks that might be required of them during a pandemic. Key recommendations include creating a separate entrance for staff and deliveries, additional storage for PPE, ventilators, sanitation equipment at all entrances and installing a traffic light system in the lobby to control movement in and out of the building or a ‘pop-up’ shelter in the entrance courtyard for supervised visits.

Last updated on hub: 28 July 2020

Covid 19, low incomes and poverty

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This summary provides an overview of recent evidence relating to Covid 19, low incomes and poverty. It is based on the findings of a search for academic research and grey literature using a wide range of search terms including: Covid-19, poverty, low incomes, deprivation, unemployment, health inequalities, housing, school closures, food poverty, fuel poverty, benefits system. The paper reveals that those living with socio-economic disadvantages and inequalities are more likely to experience poorer health, housing and education, lower income, and lack of access to quality outdoor space, all things most immediately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Poorer groups also have additional barriers as those who traditionally support them – friends and family, care groups and charities – may also experience a crisis or be unavailable. The report highlights the additional hardship for carers and those they care for – they are often already living on lower incomes so anything that stretches, reduces or removes it altogether will cause further deprivation. The need to maintain a focus on the gendered impact of the crisis is also highlighted – social isolation policies, and thus the current lockdown, increases women’s vulnerability to domestic abuse, with financial dependence and poverty as primary risk factors. The evidence also shows that structural inequalities put Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) groups at much higher risk of illness from Covid-19, and facing harsher economic impacts from government measures to deal with the virus.

Last updated on hub: 28 July 2020

Domestic violence and abuse during COVID-19

Advice and resources for supporting adults and children experiencing domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 28 July 2020

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening

Department for Education

Risk assessment guidance for settings managing children and young people with an education, health and care (EHC) plan or complex needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with SEND. [Updated 24 July 2020]

Last updated on hub: 28 July 2020

Adult social care: shaping a better future: nine statements to help shape adult social care reform

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This paper sets out nine statements which are intended to help shape the future of adult social care in a radical, person-centred and transformative way. As a result of Covid-19, a number of challenges have emerged and been brought to light– they offer an opportunity to rethink, redesign and reorientate care. The document argues that what is required now is a total reset; a wholesale reimaging of adult social care, built around the following statements: we need a public conversation about adult social care reform; locally integrated care, built around the individual, should be the norm; we need a complete review of how care markets operate; we must address existing and historical inequalities; housing is central to care and to our lives; we need a workforce strategy; we must prioritise access to technological and digital solutions; we need a cross-government strategy; we need to manage the transition. The paper calls for a two-year funding settlement in 2020 that ensures the short-term sustainability and continuity of care; creates the space to undertake the national conversation that will ultimately shape a new person-centred vision for adult social care, secure new deal for those that work in social care and family carers; and help properly transition to the new models of care that emerge as a result.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services: policy brief

World Health Organization

This briefing provides policy objectives and key action points to prevent and manage COVID-19 across long-term care settings. The brief builds on currently available evidence on the measures taken to prevent, prepare for and respond to the pandemic across long-term care services including care providers. COVID-19 has affected older people disproportionately, especially those living in long-term care facilities. In many countries, evidence shows that more than 40% of COVID-19 related deaths have been linked to long-term care facilities, with figures being as high as 80% in some high-income countries. Concerted action is needed to mitigate the impact across all aspects of long-term care, including home- and community-based care, given that most users and providers of care are those who are vulnerable to severe COVID-19. Specifically, the paper argues that the following policy objectives should be pursued to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 across long-term care: include long-term care in all phases of the national response to the pandemic; mobilise adequate funding; ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care; secure staff and resources, including adequate health workforce and health products; ensure the continuum and continuity of essential services for people receiving long-term care; ensure that infection prevention and control standards are implemented and adhered to in all long-term care settings; prioritise testing, contact tracing and monitoring of the spread of COVID-19 among people receiving and providing long-term care services; provide support for family and voluntary caregivers; prioritise the psychosocial well-being of people receiving and providing long-term care services; ensure a smooth transition to the recovery phase; and initiate steps for the transformation and integration of health and long-term care systems.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

The impact of Covid-19 on the health and care voluntary sector

National Voices

Findings of a survey of forty health and care charities on the impact of the coronavirus emergency on their services and their income. By providing a listening ear when people need it most, signposting and advocating for the right support, delivering accurate and trusted information and advice about the virus itself or connecting to people who are experiencing similar challenges, the voluntary sector is on the frontline of combatting COVID-19. The analysis shows that 77% of respondents reported a slight or significant increase in demand for their services; 28% of respondents predicted at least a 40% drop in their fundraising income over the next 12 months; respondents estimated an approximate 30% reduction in activities during COVID-19. Key workstreams that have reduced include research programmes, core support services, cancellation or postponement of fundraising events, postponement of NHS service improvement programmes, halting of support worker training and the cessation of peer support groups. 45% of respondents had furloughed staff or were about to – of those who intended to furlough staff or had already done so, approximately 50% of staff were on furlough. From the analysis of the data, a number of key messages emerge, including: the health and care voluntary sector is central to combatting the virus and supporting those facing unique challenges during the pandemic; the sector has innovated and adapted quickly in order to maintain their services and meet increased demand but it is particularly hard hit by COVID-19; while current Government support fails to meet its unique needs, a strong and diverse health and care charity sector is needed in order to build back better from COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

Child suicide rates during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: real-time surveillance

National Child Mortality Database (NCMD)

This briefing describes the findings from a real-time surveillance system (which was set up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic) relating to child death by suicide in England during lockdown. The report identifies likely suicides between 1 January 2020 and 17 May 2020, and compared rates before and during lockdown (a comparison was also made with deaths occurring at a similar time in 2019). In 2020, during the 82 days before lockdown, there were 26 likely child suicides and a further 25 in the first 56 days of lockdown. In 12 of the 25 post-lockdown deaths, factors related to Covid-19 or lockdown were thought to have contributed to the deaths. While there is a concerning signal that child suicide deaths may have increased during the first 56 days of lockdown, the risk remains low and numbers are too small to reach definitive conclusions. Amongst the likely suicide deaths reported after lockdown, restriction to education and other activities, disruption to care and support services, tensions at home and isolation appeared to be contributing factors. Although the finding of increased risk is unconfirmed statistically, clinicians and services should be aware of the possible increase and the need for vigilance and support.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

Tips on visiting care home residents as lockdown eases

carehome.co.uk

Brings together guidance and advice on how the public can visit care home residents as the COVID-19 lockdown measures ease. The resource covers: government guidelines to care home visits for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; how care homes enable visitors; what to do before visiting a care home; what to expect from the first visit after lockdown; and visiting a relative living with dementia in a care home.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020

COVID-19: Insights and experiences from the sector

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE has created webinars, podcasts, blogs and Q&As to hear insights and experiences from people within the social care sector.

Last updated on hub: 27 July 2020