COVID-19 resources on infection control

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): housing and care in specialist housing. A Housing LIN practice briefing

Housing LIN

A briefing for providers of specialist housing, such as extra care housing or supported living, which sets out what they should consider when seeking to reduce the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Sections cover factors about preventing the spread of coronavirus and measures to put in place to ensure residents can continue to live independently; staffing and workforce; and broader issues relating to the operational management of schemes. The briefing also signposts to range of useful online resources on government, and other trade and professional bodies’ websites. The briefing will be periodically reviewed and updated.

Last updated on hub: 25 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for families looking after someone with dementia

Dementia UK

Brings together advice and guidance for carers of people with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics covered include: the ongoing challenges for people with dementia during coronavirus; questions and answers relating to the implications of coronavirus in specific settings; advice for people with dementia around face coverings; and care homes and the coronavirus outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 08 October 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children

Scottish Government

Guidance for the safe running of organised activities for children and young people. These include organised unregulated activities and services provided indoors and outdoors for children and young people, including babies and toddlers, that are voluntary, third sector, parent or peer led or unregulated providers delivering a service or activity directly to children under 18.

Last updated on hub: 05 January 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): our adult social care action plan

Department of Health and Social Care

Sets out the government's plan to support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The approach covers four areas: controlling the spread of infection in care settings; supporting the workforce; supporting independence, supporting people at the end of their lives, and responding to individual needs; and supporting local authorities and the providers of care. The action plan applies to all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care, including people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings. It also applies to people with direct payments and personal budgets, and those who fund their own care. The plan applies to England only.

Last updated on hub: 16 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) plan

Department of Health and Social Care

Cross-government UK-wide plan to ensure that critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered to those on the frontline responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). The plan incorporates three strands: 1) guidance – setting out who needs PPE and when, and who does not, based on UK clinical expertise and WHO standards; 2) distribution – making sure those who need PPE can get it and at the right time; and 3) future supply – taking action to secure enough PPE to see services through the crisis, working alongside the industry to boost future supply. [Published 10 April 2020. Last updated 15 April 2020]

Last updated on hub: 18 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides information to help people with caring responsibilities to keep people with learning disabilities and autistic people safe, support people with learning disabilities to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak, and information on protecting carers' own wellbeing. It draws on more detailed guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), which will continue to be updated with resources to support those who care for people with learning disabilities and autistic people. [First published 24 April 2020. Last updated 14 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care

Department of Health and Social Care

This document brings together all guidance related to coronavirus and home care in one place. It is intended for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England. The guidance covers: personal protective equipment; shielding and care groups; hospital discharge and testing; government support for social care; and information collection and governance. It includes links to additional information and guidance. [Published 22 May 2020. Last updated 22 January 2020]

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Department for Education

Interim guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information on the role of the local authorities, child protection policy, the role of Designated safeguarding leads, mental health, online safety and safeguarding vulnerable children during the COVID-19 period. This interim safeguarding guidance is under review and will be updated. [Published 27/03/20. Last updated 20/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting residents in retirement housing and extra care housing who experience loneliness. An A-Z of examples

Housing LIN

This briefing highlights how the retirement, sheltered and extra care housing sectors are working closely with extremely vulnerable residents who experience loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown. It sets out who is deemed extremely vulnerable and, in the light of Government guidance, has been on shielding – for these people, the period of isolation, alone or with one companion, has led to increasing stress, anxiety and loneliness. The briefing captures an A-Z of creative ways in which operators have organised activities to combat loneliness and foster greater connectedness amongst residents within schemes and/or the wider community, including acts of acts of kindness.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): tips for the housing sector on supporting someone affected by dementia

Housing LIN

This briefing sets out a number of top tips for the housing sector, operators and commissioners of specialist housing – such as extra care or retirement housing – or general needs housing, on supporting people affected by dementia during the coronavirus pandemic. It also signposts to a selection of useful links and further practical advice. People living with dementia normally thrive on familiarity; familiar faces, a familiar environment, familiar food, and familiar routines, all of which may be compromised by the enforced period of isolation necessary to fight the coronavirus. The top tips highlight some of the best practice and legal issues in supporting decisions that might need to be made about health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak; considers how to continue to provide practical assistance, support and manage risks; and provides information on maintaining meaningful activity and minimising loneliness during this period of enforced isolation.

Last updated on hub: 11 August 2020

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