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Straddling the divide: digital exclusion during COVID-19 and beyond

International Longevity Centre - UK

This commentary discusses how COVID-19 risks widening inequalities caused by digital exclusion, but can also act as a catalyst to accelerate digital inclusion efforts. It reports that around 11.9 million people in the UK currently lack the digital skills they need for everyday life, meaning a significant proportion of people self-isolating may be stuck in their homes with limited options to avoid social isolation, get essentials and stay safe. It also highlights how many innovators in business and local government have been working to support those digitally excluded during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commentary recommends that the Government set up a nationally coordinated volunteer service to teach digital skills to those most at risk of digital exclusion during the lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

The practical steps local authorities are taking to support local social care providers

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This summary sets out some of the measures that local authorities have put in place to support care home and home care providers, ensure their stability and safeguard care and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on the financial support and practical support being offered to social care providers.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

ADASS rapid survey: how are local authorities supporting local social care providers to respond to Covid-19?

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

The results of a rapid survey of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) members to gather data about the measures local authorities have put in place to support local social care providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. It found that 95% of responding local authorities are using a variety of payments in advance to support care providers. Of those local authorities that have taken action to address the temporary cost pressures facing providers, 97% have provided financial support to providers. The survey was carried out between 28th April to 1 May 2020 and received from 89% of local authorities with responsibility for Adult Social Care in England.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

Summary of international policy measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector

London School of Economics and Political Science

This working paper provides a summary of measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector, compiled from contributions from members of the International Long-Term Care Policy Network. The list of measures is not exhaustive, it only contains examples of measures that have been reported or identified by contributors to the website so far.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Strengthening the health system response to COVID-19: preventing and managing the COVID-19 pandemic across long-term care services in the WHO European Region (May 29, 2020)

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

This technical guidance identifies ten policy objectives to prevent and manage COVID-19 infections in long-term care services. It includes proposed actions and examples from across Europe and aims to help decision-makers, policy-makers and national or regional health authorities as they seek ways to prevent and manage the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care services. The focus is on older people above the age of 65 years who use long-term care services in their homes, day centres or residential homes and nursing homes. The 10 policy objectives cover: Prioritizing the maintenance of LTC services; Mobilizing additional funds; Implementing prevention and control standards; Implementing safety measures that recognise the mutual benefits of the safety of people receiving and providing LTC services; Prioritizing testing, tracing and monitoring the spread of COVID-19; Securing staff and resources; Scaling up support for family caregivers; Coordinate between services; Secure access to dignified palliative care services; and Prioritize the well-being of people receiving and providing LTC services.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide aims to support care providers and staff to safeguard people with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Helping families stay connected: good practice examples

The Relatives & Residents Association

As visits to care homes are restricted to try and prevent the spread of Coronavirus, staying in touch with family and friends by other means becomes all the more important. Some care homes have risen to this challenge. The Relatives & Residents Association share some examples of care staff supporting older people in care to keep in touch with their families.

Last updated on hub: 27 May 2020

Coronavirus briefing: guidance for social workers

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

A summary of guidance for social workers and social work practitioners who are working with children and families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing brings together key guidance from all four UK nations to answer some frequently asked questions. Areas covered include: the social work workforce, including ensuring there are sufficient social workers to support children and families; how the coronavirus is affecting the child protection system; and the impact on direct work with children and families. [Published 22 May 2020. Updated 4 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 27 May 2020

Spotlight on: recent NHS discharges into care homes

NHS Providers

This briefing sets out how national guidance around NHS discharges into care homes developed during the coronavirus pandemic in March and April 2020 and how NHS trusts implemented this guidance. It outlines why trusts refute the suggestion that they 'systematically' and 'knowingly' transferred known COVID-19 patients into care homes and looks at how the NHS has sought to support care homes and the social care sector during this period. It argues that any future public inquiry should consider whether the government gave sufficient priority in its considerations to the care sector and provided the right support at the right time during this crisis.

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care

Department of Health and Social Care

This document brings together all guidance related to coronavirus and home care in one place. It is intended for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England. The guidance covers: personal protective equipment; shielding and care groups; hospital discharge and testing; government support for social care; and information collection and governance. It includes links to additional information and guidance. [Published 22 May 2020. Last updated 17 May 2021]

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

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