COVID-19 resources on care homes

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COVID-19: visitors’ protocol. CPA Briefing for care providers

Care Provider Alliance

This protocol provides a set of principles and top tips for developing visiting policies in residential settings - to ensure people using care and support have the opportunity to safely receive visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, while minimising the risk of its introduction to, or spread within, the care setting. The protocol is primarily aimed at care settings which cater for older people, including people with dementia, such as residential and nursing homes. However, it will be of help for other care settings such as those supporting working age people with a range of vulnerabilities, including physical, sensory or learning disabilities. The protocol sets out the principles for considering how to allow visitors in care settings, recognising the importance of finding ways to ensure this is done in a risk-based, balanced way. It examines the types of visits that may be considered, the policies and procedures that are needed, visitor restrictions and ability to suspend visiting, effective communication, and learning as the situation develops. The protocol includes a set of rights and responsibilities for both care providers and visitors which put the welfare and wellbeing of residents / people receiving care at the heart of the approach to developing their visiting policies.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

COVID-19 and Coronavirus evidence alerting. Rapid scan 1: effects on people in care/nursing homes (and other residential facilities) including approaches to protecting workers and residents

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit

This rapid scan collates new and emerging evidence on implications for care homes and residential facilities and transferable lessons from previous pandemics and major incidents. It highlights key papers to inform decisions, policy and planning, and is intended to be pragmatic rather than exhaustive in its coverage. The resource summarises key messages and recurring themes emerging from the evidence – around PPE, reducing the spread, surge planning, staffing, communication, isolation and distancing, and technology – and signposts to expert commentary, key guidance, rapid reviews, lessons from previous pandemics, ongoing studies and other useful resources.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers working in care homes during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England

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: 23 June 2020

ADASS coronavirus survey

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This report presents the results of a survey of the Director of Adult Social Services on the impact of Covid-19 on adult social care and councils’ response to it. It focuses in particular on the steps local authorities have taken to meet the changing social care needs in the context of the pandemic; their engagement with and support to providers; the sustainability of the care market; and the interface between the NHS and social care. Almost a quarter of all respondents said that social care need had increased, mostly as result temporary closure of services, providers’ concerns about accepting new clients and people declining services they are offered. Councils have responded to the increase in need by enhancing their information and advice offer; re-training council staff; using volunteers; increased use of digital technology and drawing capacity from other areas. The survey shows that a number of Directors believe there are insufficient primary and community services in their local areas and that around a quarter thought that more than half of care home Covid-19 infections were attributable to rapid hospital discharge (combined with a lack of PPE and testing). The report identifies four key lessons from the response to COVID-19: there has been too much emphasis on protecting the NHS at the expense of care homes; more protection for care homes was needed – including not discharging Covid-19 patients from hospital to care homes; testing before discharge and step-down facilities before care home admission; and improved supply of PPE.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

COVID-19: Financial pressures in adult social care: information provided to the Minister of State for Care

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This note provides a summary of financial information that was provided to the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, about the financial pressures facing independent adult social care providers due to COVID-19. The analysis, provided by LaingBuisson, covers all independent providers supporting both younger adults and older people whether in care homes, or supported living or receiving home care.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

Uncertainty ahead for care providers

Bevan Brittan LLP

Carlton Sadler, partner and head of the Healthcare Regulatory team at Bevan Brittan provides some key insights about the pressures on care providers during the coronavirus pandemic. The article includes comments about regulation, Mental Capacity Act, and health and safety responsibilities. [Article published 8 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

National Care Forum news

National Care Forum

The news section of the National Care Forum (NCF) website is a good source for news and examples of good practice happening in care homes in the UK as they cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For example, turning to letter writing and how to celebrate birthdays under current conditions.

Last updated on hub: 11 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

Patients living with dementia who ‘walk with purpose or intent’ in the COVID-19 crisis

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West

This evidence summary looks at how to manage care home residents with dementia who ‘walk with purpose or intent’ such that infection prevention measures are not breached during an epidemic such as COVID-19. It identified clear guidance from the British Geriatric Society (BGS) on the approach of care home staff for residents with dementia who ‘walk with purpose or intent’ during the COVID 19 crisis. The guidance focuses on isolation of suspected cases and behavioural approach to ameliorating potential unsafe activities of residents. The British Psychological Society’s Faculty of the Psychology of Older People also describes primary preventative and secondary reactive behavioural approaches that can be used to care for residents during the COVID 19 outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 10 June 2020

COVID-19 Sector feedback

Skills for Care

Feedback challenges and share and hear stories of inspiration during this challenging period from care providers and social care services.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020