COVID-19 resources on Home care

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Caring in COVID

National Care Forum

A collection of stories about care, communities and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. This piece of social history records and highlights the response from NCF members, brought together as a collection of real-life stories in an ebook. The compendium details how, during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions, NCF members and the communities they serve, came together and rose to the challenge to support those who needed it most. Contents include: stories from the frontline; community and volunteer voices; keeping it fun; keeping the connection; the many faces of leadership; and partner stories.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Caring safely at home

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE's video-based resource designed for unpaid/informal carers. You may be caring for family members, friends or neighbours at home.

Last updated on hub: 11 June 2020

Characteristics and well-being of urban informal home care providers during COVID-19 pandemic: a population-based study

BMJ Open

Objectives Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed many healthcare systems, which has hampered access to routine clinical care during lockdowns. Informal home care, care provided by non-healthcare professionals, increases the community’s healthcare capacity during pandemics. There is, however, limited research about the characteristics of informal home care providers and the challenges they face during such public health emergencies. Design A random, cross-sectional, population-based, RDD, telephone survey study was conducted to examine patterns of home care, characteristics of informal home care providers and the challenges experienced by these care providers during this pandemic. Setting Data were collected from 22 March to 1 April 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Participants A population representative study sample of Chinese-speaking adults (n=765) was interviewed. Primary and secondary outcome measures The study examined the characteristics of informal home care providers and self-reported health requirements of those who needed care. The study also examined providers’ self-perceived knowledge to provide routine home care as well as COVID-19 risk reduction care. Respondents were asked of their mental health status related to COVID-19. Results Of the respondents, 25.1% of 765 provided informal home care during the studied COVID-19 pandemic period. Among the informal home care providers, 18.4% of respondents took leave from school/work during the epidemic to provide care for the sick, fragile elderly and small children. Care providers tended to be younger aged, female and housewives. Approximately half of care providers reported additional mental strain and 37.2% reported of challenges in daily living during epidemic. Although most informal home care providers felt competent to provide routine care, 49.5% felt inadequately prepared to cope with the additional health risks of COVID-19. Conclusion During public health emergencies, heavy reliance on informal home healthcare providers necessitates better understanding of their specific needs and increased government services to support informal home care.

Last updated on hub: 10 December 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control for care providers

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Read this SCIE quick guide that sets out best practice for care providers to remain safe and prevent coronavirus from spreading.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing available for adult social care in England

Department of Health and Social Care

Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for testing staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care settings. The guidance covers: regular testing cycle for care home residents and staff (England); outbreak testing for care home residents and staff (England); care home family and friend visitors; visiting professionals in care homes; extra care and supported living settings; home care testing; day care centres; and universal testing. [Published: 24 March 2021; Last updated: 29 June 2021]

Last updated on hub: 30 June 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care services

Department of Health and Social Care

Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for testing staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care settings. Testing for COVID-19 in adult social care (ASC) is crucial to help protect those who receive care and adult social care staff. Testing programmes identify people who may unknowingly have the virus, enabling those who test positive and their contacts to self-isolate and break the chain of transmission. This page brings together testing guidance for a range of specific adult social care settings: testing for adult care homes; testing for extra care and supported living settings; testing for homecare staff; testing for personal assistants; and testing for day care centres. [First published 24 March 2021 with the title: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care settings. Last updated: 31 March 2022.]

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants

Department of Health and Social Care

Explains how personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing. Personal assistants working in adult social care who provide care that requires them to come within 2 metres of an adult over the age of 18 who they support will be eligible for testing. Personal assistants will be responsible for ordering test kits every 21 days or an employee can order test kits on their behalf. Personal assistants should repeat lateral flow testing twice each week. This guidance has been replaced by 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for anyone working in adult social care who are not part of regular testing at work and unpaid carers'.

Last updated on hub: 14 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination as a condition of deployment for the delivery of CQC-regulated activities in wider adult social care settings

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance supports the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No. 2) Regulations 2022, in wider social care settings, including home care, extra care housing and supported living. From 1 April 2022, social care providers registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) must ensure that anyone they employ or engage to carry out direct and face-to-face CQC-regulated social care activities meets the vaccination requirements as set out in this guidance. The person must be able to prove that they meet one of the following: satisfy the vaccination requirements; are exempt from vaccination; are covered by other exceptions. There is separate guidance on implementing these regulations in care homes. [First published: 20 January 2022. Last updated: 1 March 2022]

Last updated on hub: 24 January 2022

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. Updated, in November 2021 to reflect the latest clinical advice from UKHSA. Refer to the summary table in the guidance for a full breakdown of all the guidance updates. [Published 22 May 2020. Last updated 15 March 2022]

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

COVID 19: guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation as Northern Ireland moves into the delay phase of responding to the risk of widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Key messages highlight the need for co-ordination between care providers, the voluntary sector and PHA; making best use of the workforce; and access to PPE. It is aimed at HSC trusts and registered providers of care and support delivered to people in their own homes, including supported living arrangements. It also contains information about informal carers and about carers employed through Direct Payments.

Last updated on hub: 24 March 2020

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