Radfield Home Care has distributed new guidance to its network of home care businesses to minimise the impact of coronavirus.
Following yesterday’s emergency Cobra meeting, Radfield Home Care has issued the latest guidelines to its nationwide network of home care services to help minimise disruption in the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the weeks to come.
With 40 cases now confirmed across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Radfield has distributed initial guidance to its network in preparation for a worst case scenario spread of the virus.
As well as reiterating the WHO’s advice, Radfield has advised all team meetings and gatherings should be held remotely to reduce the possibility of community transmission amongst its Care Professionals and clients.
It is also recommending staff receive refreshed Infection Control Training, and that PPE stocks are well managed and office locations are regularly sanitised.
The home care franchise has also clarified symptoms of COVID-19 to help minimise the potential for incorrect self-diagnosis which could lead to high levels of staff absence. In addition, Radfield has shared guidance for contingency planning in the event of school closures impacting on staff availability to work.
Radfield Home Care Governance and Operation Manager, Jess Jenkinson, said: “It is important to remember that common cold symptoms e.g. sneezing and runny nose are NOT symptoms of COVID-19.”
“We need to educate and reassure the social care workforce that they should not panic if they experience these symptoms, as they are not typically associated with the virus.”
What is the government saying?
Despite announcing it “looks likely” coronavirus virus will spread further throughout the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government has a plan to “contain the spread of the disease as far as we can and people “should go about business as usual”.
Reiterating this message, a spokesman also announced the Budget would not be delayed for a second time, and it will go ahead on March 11 despite the potential impact COVID-19 could have on the UK and global economy.
The Department of Health and Social Care has also published guidance for the adult social care sector on preventing the spread of coronavirus.