COVID-19 resources on Home care

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Adult social care: COVID-19 winter plan 2021 to 2022

Department of Health and Social Care

Building on last year’s adult social care coronavirus (COVID-19) winter plan 2020 to 2021, this plan sets out the: key elements of national support available for the social care sector during winter 2021 to 2022; and principal actions that local authorities, NHS organisations and social care providers across all settings (including those in the voluntary and community sector) in England should take this winter. Its aims are to ensure that high-quality, safe and timely care is provided to everyone who needs it, while we continue to protect people who need care, their carers and the social care workforce from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. Each section of the plan – Preventing and controlling the spread of infection in care settings, Collaboration across health and care services, Supporting the people who provide care, Supporting the system – sets out the government’s offer of national support and our expectations for adult social care providers alongside published guidance. The plan applies to all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. This includes people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings. Alongside this plan, the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce’s independent review of the government’s adult social care: winter plan 2020 to 2021 has been published.

Last updated on hub: 08 November 2021

Adult social care: our COVID-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021

Department of Health and Social Care

This policy paper sets out the key elements of national support available for the social care sector for winter 2020 to 2021, as well as the main actions to take for local authorities, NHS organisations, and social care providers, including in the voluntary and community sector. It covers four themes: preventing and controlling the spread of infection in care settings; collaboration across health and care services; supporting people who receive social care, the workforce, and carers; and supporting the system. Each section sets out the Department of Health and Social Care’s offer of national support and the department’s expectations for adult social care providers alongside published guidance. The plan applies to all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. This includes people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings.[Published 18 September 2020. Last updated 20 November 2020]

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

An inquiry into the lived experience of Covid-19 in the home care sector in Ireland: clients’ experiences

Home and Community Care Ireland

This research is a qualitative study on the impact of Covid-19 on home care clients; including care provision, the medical and physical effects and the coping mechanisms used to get through the pandemic. The robust infection prevention and control (IPC) measures provided great reassurance to clients, with most continuing care without interruption. Home care proved to be the safest model of healthcare delivery in Ireland during the pandemic, with cases peaking at 193 cases in the week ending January 24th, 2021. Participants reported feeling a strain on their mental well-being. Social isolation was a significant factor. The requirement to cocoon and the closure of shops, recreational and day services meant participants had few social and leisure outlets, leading to reports of “cabin fever” and a loss of motivation. Having strong personal relationships was an important coping mechanism for participants. They pointed to family, friends, volunteer networks and carers as key sources of comfort, companionship and support. Participants used technology and the internet to maintain social connections, shop online and play video games. Offline, participants struggled with the closure of recreational and support services, with laborious activities like needlework being a popular activity. Participants spoke about the importance of keeping a positive mindset when coping with the pandemic. In conclusion, the IPC measures put in place by providers reassured participants that their home was safe and helped make home care the safest method of care during Covid-19 pandemic. While cocooning and social isolation placed a mental strain on participants, personal relationships, technology and a positive mentality helped them adapt and persevere.

Last updated on hub: 12 July 2021

An inquiry into the lived experience of Covid-19 in the home care sector in Ireland: the experiences of home care provider organisations

Home and Community Care Ireland

This exploratory research into the health, social and economic impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the eighteen home care provider organisations who responded to a survey sheds light on how those on the forefront of home care coped during one of the largest viral outbreaks in modern history. A questionnaire consisting of ten open-ended questions was developed following a rapid literature review and internal consultations. These questions were categorised under five subheadings: management, service provision, relationships, health and wellbeing, and the future. Key findings include: The most significant problem was workforce shortage – specifically, two thirds of organisations indicated low staffing levels due to a lack of childcare brought about by the closure of schools and creches; almost every third organisation noted a decrease in home care services, ranging from 20-30 per cent, mostly due to clients cocooning and self-isolating; another issue that featured strongly across all responses was related to uncertainty surrounding the pandemic – stress, fear, worry and even panic; almost every other organisation identified Protective Personal Equipment (PPS) to be a significant cause for concern – supply and distribution was a considerably more prevalent issue than the actual cost of PPE; to ensure the smooth running of business at a very chaotic time, all the providers implemented a range of novel policies and procedures – this rapid development of new ways of delivering service safely took place on several interrelated levels; the crisis exposed any structural shortcomings within the home care sector, but equally it brought about a sense of togetherness, cooperation and mutual support within the sector – and beyond it.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Barriers and facilitators to providing home-based care in a pandemic: policy and practice implications

BMC Geriatrics

Objective: The purpose of this study is to describe the experiences of home-based care providers (HBCP) in providing care to older adults during the pandemic in order to inform future disaster planning, including during pandemics. Design: Qualitative inquiry using an abductive analytic approach. Setting and participants: Home-based care providers in COVID-19 hotspots. Methods: Telephone interviews were conducted with 27 participants (administrators, registered nurses and other members of the allied healthcare team), who provided in-home care during the pandemic in Medicare-certified home health agencies. Interviews focused on eliciting experiences from HBCP on challenges and successes in providing home-based care to older adults, including barriers to care and strategies employed to keep patients, and providers, safe in their homes during the pandemic. Results: Data was distilled into four major themes that have potential policy and practice impact. These included disrupted aging-in-place resources, preparedness actions contributing to readiness for the pandemic, limited adaptability in administrative needs during the pandemic and challenges with unclear messaging from public health officials. Conclusions: Home-based care plays an essential role in maintaining the health of older adults in disaster contexts, including pandemics. Innovative solutions, informed by policy that generate evidence-based best practices to support HBCP are needed to reduce barriers and increase protective factors, in order to maintain continuity of care for this vulnerable population during disruptive events.

Last updated on hub: 21 April 2022

Brexit and the migrant care workforce: future policy directions

Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE)

Migrant workers have been vital in helping to fill labour gaps locally and regionally and across different types of social care services in the UK over the last few decades. Brexit and the UK’s decision to end free movement for EEA workers was expected to bring significant new challenges to the sector as a whole, and homecare in particular. In 2019, we launched a two-wave expert (Delphi) survey to explore what the future role and composition of this workforce could look like after Brexit within the context of broader sectoral challenges. In March 2020, the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK and created unprecedented challenges for social care. The second (final) round of the survey was conducted in the summer of 2020. It set out to identify points of consensus about major considerations associated with recruitment and retention in homecare in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. This short report summarises the second-round results of the expert survey and sets out some primary considerations and policy directions for the homecare sector at a time of uncertainty. The findings of this Delphi Survey confirm that a range of experts perceives Brexit as likely to impact homecare by reducing labour supply significantly – an impact perceived to vary by geographical area and type of care provision. There is substantial uncertainty, with many unknown factors, regarding the future of migrant labour in UK homecare and in social care in general. At this stage, it is impossible to fully disentangle the impacts on the workforce of the new immigration system, Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. The key message of the expert survey is that the priority should be to improve the homecare sector as part of broader social care reform. This reform needs to acknowledge the significant contribution of migrants who work in homecare. Measures are needed to promote their retention and to ensure that their involvement in the sector is regulated in a way that safeguards their rights and the quality of care provided.

Last updated on hub: 02 November 2021

Care of people with COVID-19 symptoms living in their own home or in residential/nursing care

Skills for Care

This guide is for adult social care managers to support their teams where they are providing care and support to someone with COVID-19 symptoms in residential care, supported living services or in a person’s own home. It provides some practical tips for managing symptoms of COVID-19 based on clinical guidance and can be used to guide workers whilst taking into consideration each person’s individual wishes, preferences, health and specific needs. Personal assistants (PAs) and unpaid carers may also find it useful. The guide covers: care planning, local and organisational policy; Covid-19 symptoms; managing cough; managing breathlessness; managing fever; managing anosmia; managing delirium; managing pain; and managing diarrhoea.

Last updated on hub: 09 March 2021

Care Provider Alliance Coronavirus (COVID-19) directory

Care Provider Alliance

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) are collating and signposting to the latest guidance and advice from reliable sources on their website. The resource includes news, guidance and information. The site is updated frequently.

Last updated on hub: 20 August 2020

Care tech landscape review: home care

Future Care Capital

This research explores the tech startups and developers deploying solutions for the home care market. We describe the technologies contributing to the solutions as well as specific implementations. We explore the benefits they bring to those providing support as well as those experiencing care at home. The research identified a relatively small population of startup developers and providers of home care technology across England. The main technologies being developed were: IoT (Internet-of-things) based (12), apps for mobiles and tablets (16), or platforms for the coordination of care and care associated functions (15). The IoT startups could also be further subdivided into those making use of AI (2) or testing 5G connectivity (4). The investment received by these companies is low when compared to other sectors or sector niches – companies developing home care technology solutions receive £807,153.71 average investment. The report argues that targeted support and intervention is required to grow the sector in order to provide a defined ecosystem and an adequate range of companies to meet the needs of individuals. In other words, care is not one size fits all and neither are technology solutions.

Last updated on hub: 10 March 2021

Caregiving in times of uncertainty: helping adult children of aging parents find support during the COVID-19 outbreak

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is especially dangerous to older people, has disrupted the lives of older people and their family caregivers. This commentary outlines the adaptive and emerging practices in formal supportive services for family caregivers, the changing types of support that family caregivers are providing to their older relatives, and the ways family caregivers are seeking informal caregiving support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 28 January 2021

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