Rosamund Roughton of the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has contacted all UK home care providers alerting them to new government advice on caring for people living at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to frequently asked questions from registered providers, social care staff, local authorities and commissioners, the DHSC has put together a comprehensive set of advice to help during the current situation.
Entitled ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care’, the document acknowledges that home care workers are increasingly valued right now as patients continue to be discharged early from hospitals.
It offers advice on personal protective equipment (PPE), shielding, hospital discharge, testing, government support for social care providers, data collection and more.
The home care advice document will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
Rosamund Roughton, DHSC Director-General for Adult Social Care, said in her letter to home care providers: “I hope that this information is useful and provides further clarity on the guidance available to you and your colleagues as you continue to provide essential care to individuals in their communities.”