COVID-19 resources

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Advice and guidance on discharging COVID-19 positive patients to care homes

Royal College of Physicians

A brief summary of current advice and guidance about discharging patients to care homes. The main points are that: patients should be discharged as soon as they are fit, whether they are COVID-19 positive or not; COVID-19 positive patients being discharged into a care home setting can only be discharged into care homes that have been designated safe by the CQC – if their own care home is not COVID-19 safe, they need to be discharged into alternative accommodation; it is the responsibility of the local authority to find alternative accommodation.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Advocacy Covid-19 and beyond

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This paper provides background about advocacy and outlines six sets of actions which leaders, commissioners, and managers in local authorities can take to better use the potential of advocacy during the Covid-19 pandemic and into the future. Covid-19 has impacted people’s wellbeing and made it harder for people to get essential support. Independent advocacy plays a critical role in addressing this and supporting people’s human rights. The actions for local authority leaders, commissioners, and managers cover: championing human rights; promoting access to advocacy services; making advocacy a critical friend; supporting anti-discriminatory design and practice; measuring what matters and learning from what is happening; and commissioning better advocacy for the future.

Last updated on hub: 27 October 2020

Age-friendly Communities and COVID-19

Centre for Ageing Better

Brings together some examples and resources from Age-friendly Communities in response to COVID-19. In Age-friendly Communities residents, local groups, councils and businesses all work together to identify and make changes to ensure their place fosters the abilities of older people. This curated content is structured around key domains, covering: communication and information; community support and health services; respect and social inclusion; social participation; transportation; international resources.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Age-friendly health systems design to address COVID-19

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Advice to help limit the exposure of older adults to coronavirus (COVID-19) by reducing their need to present to the hospital, reducing hospitalisations and, if hospitalised or in post-acute or long-term care community, increase the rate of safe discharges. It provides advice for professionals working in the community, in emergency departments and hospitals, and in long-term care.

Last updated on hub: 05 May 2020

Age-friendly student senior connection: students’ experience in an interprofessional pilot program to combat loneliness and isolation among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of Interprofessional Care

Loneliness and isolation are concerning consequences of social distancing and other stay-at-home orders for older adults globally, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To combat loneliness and isolation among older adults residing in California, the Keck School of Medicine collaborated with other health profession schools at the University of Southern California (USC) to create the Age-Friendly Student Senior Connection (AFSSC). A total of 115 interprofessional graduate students were linked with older adults. Students engaged in 30 to 60 minute phone calls with older adults 2 to 5 times per week for 6 weeks. Student preparation included asynchronous video and web-based learning, weekly synchronous de-briefing sessions with a participating faculty member via Zoom, phone, and e-mail support from faculty, and information about resources for older adults. Faculty held weekly meetings throughout the pilot and developed new resources to respond to older adult needs, as reported by students. A total of 102 students completed pre-program and post-program surveys. Preliminary results show statistically significant changes in the reported benefits and outcomes from students participating in the program.

Last updated on hub: 01 November 2020

Ageing without Children and COVID19

Ageing Without Children (AWOC)

A short presentation about ageing without children and covid19 which sets out some of the key issues and changing the conversation in the age of COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Ageism and COVID-19: what does our society’s response say about us?

Age and Ageing

The goal of this commentary is to highlight the ageism that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 20 international researchers in the field of ageing have contributed to this document. This commentary discusses how older people are misrepresented and undervalued in the current public discourse surrounding the pandemic. It points to issues in documenting the deaths of older adults, the lack of preparation for such a crisis in long-term care homes, how some ‘protective’ policies can be considered patronising and how the initial perception of the public was that the virus was really an older adult problem. This commentary also calls attention to important intergenerational solidarity that has occurred during this crisis to ensure support and social-inclusion of older adults, even at a distance. The authors say their hope is that with this commentary they can contribute to the discourse on older adults during this pandemic and diminish the ageist attitudes that have circulated.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

All Wales COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool

Welsh Government

This risk assessment tool has been developed to help people working in the NHS and Social Care in Wales to see if they are at higher risk of developing more serious symptoms if they come into contact with the COVID-19 virus. It is aimed at everyone working or volunteering in health and social care in Wales. The tool asks a number of questions designed to identify whether employees/volunteers are at a higher risk from COVID-19. It asks some questions about age, health, weight and ethnicity which may increase your risk of serious illness following an infection with COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 08 October 2020

Allowing visitors back in the nursing home during the COVID-19 Crisis: a Dutch national study into first experiences and impact on well-being

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

Objectives: To prevent and control COVID-19 infections, nursing homes across the world have taken very restrictive measures, including a ban for visitors. These restrictive measures have an enormous impact on residents' well-being and pose dilemmas for staff, although primary data are lacking. A Dutch guideline was developed to cautiously open nursing homes for visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study reports the first findings on how the guideline was applied in the local context; the compliance to local protocols; and the impact on well-being of residents, their family caregivers, and staff. Design: A mixed-methods cross-sectional study was conducted. Setting and Participants: In total, 26 nursing homes were permitted to enlarge their possibilities for allowing visitors in their facility. These nursing homes were proportionally representative of the Netherlands as they were selected by their local Area Health Authority for participation. At each nursing home, a contact person was selected for participation in the current study. Methods: A mixed-methods cross-sectional study was conducted, consisting of questionnaire, telephone interviews, analyses of documentation (ie, local visiting protocols), and a WhatsApp group. Results: Variation in local protocols was observed, for example, related to the use of personal protective equipment, location, and supervision of visits. In general, experiences were very positive. All nursing homes recognized the added value of real and personal contact between residents and their loved ones and indicated a positive impact on well-being. Compliance with local guidelines was sufficient to good. No new COVID-19 infections were reported during this time. Conclusions and Implications: These results indicate the value of family visitation in nursing homes and positive impact of visits. Based on these results, the Dutch government has decided to allow all nursing homes in the Netherlands to cautiously open their homes using the guidelines. More research is needed on impact and long-term compliance.

Last updated on hub: 21 August 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, meaningful communication between family caregivers and residents of long-term care facilities is imperative

Journal of Aging and Social Policy

Older adults residing in long-term care facilities are especially vulnerable for severe illness or death from COVID-19. To contain the transmission of the virus in long-term care facilities, federal health officials have issued strict visitation guidelines, restricting most visits between residents and all visitors, including family members. Yet, many older adults rely on family care for social support and to maintain their health, well-being, and safety in long-term care facilities, and therefore need to stay connected to their families. The federal government, state and local leaders, and long-term care facilities should take further actions to enable the relationship between residents of long-term care facilities and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 21 August 2020