COVID-19 resources on care homes

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Postive and challenging stories from care homes: episode 1

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on sharing some of the positive stories heard from care homes across the country, whilst also acknowledging the huge challenges that many are facing at the current time. This includes an example of huge generosity from care homes in Liverpool, coming together to help another care home that was facing an outbreak of COVID-19. Another example is about how technology is keeping residents connected to their loved ones and communities, before ending with joyous news of a 100th birthday. Video posted 11 April, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Supporting relatives to connect to residents during COVID-19: episode 5

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on innovative tips and techniques that care homes across the country are using to keep relatives connected to residents, as well as informed and reassured at this understandably anxious time. And to end, one care home gets a visit from a rainbow pony! Video posted 7 May, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social

Public Health England

Guidance providing advice on the management of staff, patients or residents in health and social care settings according to their exposure, symptoms and test results for COVID-19. It includes information on: what to do if staff develop symptoms of COVID-19; staff return to work criteria; patient exposures in hospital; and resident who have been exposed to COVID-19 in care settings. The guidance has been updated to include: information on the test and trace service; and information on the risk assessment for staff in the event of personal protective equipment (PPE) breaches. [Published 4 April 2020. Last updated 6 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice on appropriate infection prevention and control precautions for COVID-19 patients recovering or recovered from COVID-19 and remaining in hospital, or being discharged to their own home or residential care. The guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 9 April 2020. Last updated 20 May 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund ring-fenced grant 2020: local authority circular

Local Government Association

Government circular outlining the Adult social care infection control fund, which aims to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes and support wider workforce resilience. A small percentage of the fund can be used to support domiciliary care providers and support wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. The document is accompanied by five annexes which set out the conditions upon which the grant is paid and the local authorities to whom it will be paid:

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

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

Public Health England

Advice on the management of staff and patients or residents in health and social care settings according to exposures, symptoms and test results relating to COVID-19 . It includes: advice on staff with symptoms of COVID-19, staff return to work criteria, patient exposures in hospital, and resident exposures in care settings. Updates include flowcharts with information on self isolation for staff identified as contacts via the test and trace system; and additional guidance on clinical symptoms.. The guidance was written primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 04/04/2929. Last updated 10 June 2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Care homes strategy for infection prevention and control of COVID-19 based on clear delineation of risk zones

Bushproof

This strategy document is meant as a practical aid for care home managers to be able to implement effective infection control in their particular context. It is acknowledged that there will be a whole range of different types and set-ups of care home depending on the level of care required (e.g. nursing, care, sheltered housing), where each which will need a context-based response. However, the idea here is for managers to be able to use/adapt this document for their own context. The strategy is based on and incorporates current UK government guidance. The main sections of the guidance cover: delineation of zones, hand hygiene staff allocation and rotation in relation to zones, use of equipment, entrances and flow, isolation, communal living, residents with dementia and other challenging behaviours, staff clothes from home, showering and personal protective equipment (PPE). The strategy can be downloaded as a Word document from website link. The version date on this document is 30 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Death and grieving in a care home during the COVID-19 pandemic: a guide to supporting staff, residents and their families

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust: Northern Ireland

This guide considers the additional pressures, fears and challenges for care home staff, residents and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides advice on how staff can support residents and their families through the changes in care required by COVID-19, and in the event of deaths, and on how managers and staff can support each other. The advice is useful for all; the contacts are specific to Northern Ireland.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

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.

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