COVID-19 resources 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: additional guidance

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. This document provides additional guidance to supplement 'The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic', which was published in April 2020. It includes guidance on: testing someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity; providing life-saving treatment to someone who lacks the capacity to consent; hospitals and care homes; and using emergency public health powers when someone who lacks relevant capacity needs to be isolated because they have symptoms and are not following public health advice. [First published 29 May 2020; last updated 15 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 01 June 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

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

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

COVID-19 Insight: focus on adult social care

Care Quality Commission

This Insight document highlights COVID-19 related pressures facing adult social care. It reviews data on outbreaks, deaths, and the availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and looks at the impact of COVID-19 on staff wellbeing and the financial viability of adult social care services. It also outlines future areas of focus for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), including infection control both within and between services, how local systems are engaging social care organisations in the management of COVID-19, and how the care for people from different vulnerable groups is being managed through the COVID-19 crisis. The document draws on information gathered from staff and people receiving care, data collection from domiciliary care services, and conversations with providers. It is the first in a series of Insight documents on key issues affecting health and care during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 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

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 9 July 2020].

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

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