COVID-19 government publication on care homes

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The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Department of Health and Social Care

Emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. The guidance is designed to minimise additional pressures on hospitals and care home and ensures that decision makers are clear about the steps they need to take. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak. The guidance states that it may be necessary during the COVID-19 Pandemic to "to change the usual care and treatment arrangements of somebody who lacks the relevant mental capacity to consent to such changes" and that changes to a person’s care or treatment in these scenarios will not constitute a new deprivation of liberty. The guidance includes a decision-making flow chart for decision makers in hospitals and care home. The guidance will apply until withdrawn by the Department.[First published 9 April 2020; last updated 7 September 2020 to include updated information about professional visits to care homes and hospitals].

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2020

Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19

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 2 September 2020].

Last updated on hub: 06 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: 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