The government has today published COVID-19 guidance for residential care, supported living and home care provisions. Since the first guidance published on 25th February 2019, care home providers have adopted various approaches to visitors in a bid to safeguard their residents. These have ranged from asking all visitors; families, health and social care professionals to limit their visits to only essential visits, to permitting all visitors asking whether they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Concerning visitors, the current guidance for residential care homes is:
The guidance also provides steps that residential care homes can take to help maintain services across an area wider than their individual homes.
In the guidance, care home providers are invited to consider ways in which they can contribute to keeping people safe across a wider area, including the following where possible:
Care home providers will routinely be procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and aprons. In addition, there will be a free issue of PPE to support adult social care providers to support compliance with the updated advice. This will be issued from the pandemic influenza stockpile. Arrangements will be put in place for adult social care providers to access further PPE as necessary.