New guidance has been issued to help home care workers and personal assistants to provide safe care and support to people who have left hospital after having COVID-19.
The resource, developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence for the Department of Health and Social Care, explains what carers can expect as people return to their lives at home under new circumstances.
It explains some of the difficulties that people might experience after a discharge from hospital and how they can be managed, including longer-term damage to the heart and lungs, difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness, fatigue and mental health problems.
The guide also stresses the importance of monitoring oxygen levels and how oxygen should be stored in the home.
The physiological and social impact of COVID-19 on discharged patients are also discussed in the guide, and SCIE explains what home carers should do if they notice changes in the mental health of their clients.
Finally, the SCIE explains the importance of good communication and involvement with families and personal networks, as well as getting the basics right when it comes to infection control.