COVID-19 government publication on care homes

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Care homes: outbreak testing and regular testing

Department of Health and Social Care

Sets out the next stages in the COVID-19 testing strategy for adult social care to be rolled out from 6 July. This letter to the Directors of Public Health and Directors of Adult Social Services covers outbreak management and rapid testing for care homes with outbreaks; retesting in care homes without outbreaks; extra care and supported living; and domiciliary care.

Last updated on hub: 09 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes

Department of Health and Social Care

Government guidance setting out how to admit and care for residents of care homes safely and protect care home staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It also includes information on reporting COVID-19 cases, providing care after death and supporting existing residents that may require hospital care. The guidance is intended for care homes, local health protection teams, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care. This includes registered residential care and nursing homes for people with learning disabilities, mental health or other disabilities. [Published 2/04/20. Last updated 19/06/20].

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes visiting guidance

Scottish Government

This guidance sets out how care home visiting in Wales may be re-introduced while minimising the risks to residents, staff and visitors. It takes a staged approach, where stage 1 – essential visits only - has been in operation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide sets out how relaxation of visiting restrictions will take place in three further stages, moving through outdoor visiting, indoor visiting by one designated person and eventually to a controlled programme of outdoor and indoor visiting. It explains what precautions will be taken to safeguard resident, visitor and staff safety.

Last updated on hub: 09 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): care home support package

Department of Health and Social Care

Outlines the Government plan to prevent and control COVID-19 in all registered care homes. It uses evidence brought together by Public Health England and draws on the insights of care providers. It includes information on infection control, a comprehensive testing programme, additional funding to local authorities and £600 million allocated to support care providers through a new adult social care infection control fund. The guidance includes an annex on what care homes can do to restrict workforce movement and minimising workforce transmission. [Published 15/05/2020. Last updated 22/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

COVID 19: how to work safely in care homes

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice for care workers working in care homes on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the period of sustained transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance is also relevant for those providing residential supported living. This resource, which has been designed to be accessible to both care workers and providers, has four sections containing: recommendations on the use of PPE for a range of relevant contexts; explanation concerning recommendations and frequently asked questions; specialist advice relating to care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism; and case scenarios designed to illustrate appropriate use of PPE in practice. It should be read in conjunction with the full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE government guidance. [Published 17 April 2020; Last updated 15 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 20 April 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

COVID-19: management of exposed staff and patients in health and social care settings

Public Health England

Guidance on the management of staff and patients who have been exposed to COVID-19. It covers staff exposures to COVID-19, staff return to work criteria, and patient exposures to COVID-19. It is accompanied by flow charts describing return to work of staff following a SARS-CoV-2 test. The guidance has been written primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 2/04/2020. Last updated 22/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 19 May 2020

COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance

Public Health England

Guidance for providers of residential care, supported living, and home care, in the event of a coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance sets out: how to maintain delivery of care in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19 and what to do if care workers or individuals being cared for have symptoms of COVID-19. [This publication was withdrawn on 13 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 15 March 2020

Deaths involving COVID-19 in the care sector, England and Wales: deaths occurring up to 1 May 2020 and registered up to 9 May 2020

The Office for National Statistics

Provisional figures on deaths involving the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the care sector, in England and Wales. The report shows that since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (between the period 2 March and 1 May 2020) there were 45,899 deaths of care home residents (wherever the death occurred). COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in male care home residents and the second leading cause of death in female care home residents, after Dementia and Alzheimer disease. Between 10 April 2020 and 8 May 2020 there were 3,161 deaths of recipients of domiciliary care in England – this was 1,990 deaths higher than the three-year average (1,171 deaths).

Last updated on hub: 25 June 2020

Guidance: Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Department of Health and Social Care

This document sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support and aims to answer questions received from local government and care providers about the Fund. The main purpose of this fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes. A smaller percentage of the fund can be used to support domiciliary care providers and wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. Information on the distribution of grant allocations to local authorities and reporting requirements are included as annexes.

Last updated on hub: 10 June 2020