The guidance for friends and family visiting loved ones in care homes was updated on 4 March 2021 to reflect the announcements in the new lockdown roadmap published on the 22 February 2021. The full guidance can be found here.
Each care home will allow its residents to name one person who can make a regular indoor visit, which as far as possible should remain the same person. The single named visitor will need to take a rapid (lateral flow) test and wear PPE every time they visit. This affords the individual a regular indoor visit, sitting in the same room as their loved one, with no screen between them. The government still strongly advises against physical contact and that close contact like hugging should be avoided.
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There has been significant focus in the media in the last few months on the effect of COVID-19 on the care sector and in particular the lack of PPE available, especially at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A recent report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has highlighted confusing governmental guidance on whether home care carers should wear PPE or not. The HSIB investigates patient safety in NHS funded care. The HSIB report notes that the primary guidance produced by Public Health England on 6 April 2020 did not mention the need to wear PPE when caring for an “extremely clinically vulnerable” client. Further guidance produced after the report did mention the need to wear PPE but the primary domiciliary care guidance was not updated until 13 May 2020 to confirm that PPE should be worn when visiting extremely clinically vulnerable clients.
Continue reading “Lack of PPE may have contributed towards COVID-19 death of a home care client”
As reported in our last blog, the Chief Coroner for England and Wales has recently provided updated guidance on inquests, commenting that in the contents of COVID-19, inquests are not a suitable forum to examine high level and government policy relating to the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Continue reading “PPE for healthcare workers remains a troubling issue”
We have recently written several blogs regarding various COVID-19 related problems the care sector is facing. In particular the supply of PPE and the effect of COVID-19 generally on staffing levels and management of service users are critical issues.
Continue reading “Significant rise in figures for care home deaths as a result of COVID-19”
The previous guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care failed to address adequately the issue of personal protective equipment (PPE) in care homes. With this said, on 15 April 2020 the Department of Health and Social Care published a new action plan for Adult Social Care, which aims to address the concerns, specifically in respect of PPE. This applies to both care homes and generally any setting where people receive adult social care.
Continue reading “Care providers: COVID-19 and PPE”