This page will be updated regularly with the latest official advice about Coronavirus (Covid 19)
Should Professionals be allowed in Care Homes?
Yes, they will know how to protect themselves and the Home.
We need to ensure the system continues to work during this difficult time.
Can we accept patients from Hospital?
Yes, if they have been assessed at the hospital for symptoms of COVID19 and are negative or you are able to manage the risks associated with the discharge.
We need to work with the NHS as an important part of the team.
You may want to isolate new residents or those returning from hospital within their room for 7 days as a precaution.
Should we allow visitors into the Home?
Some Local Authorities are saying no visitors, but the Associations advice is to be more person centred.
What can Home Care Providers do?
Catagorise your Service users into three groups and utilise your staff to manage these risks
Get your carers doing this.
Look at finding volunteers who could help
Staff will be washing their hands regularly, ensure the residents wash theirs too.
Latest Government Advice
We advise that you should be aware of the Government guidelines and be prepared to follow them. You should also ensure your staff are aware of who they are coming into contact with and reporting to you if necessary.
The current process should be followed until we are instructed differently:
It is imperative we try and maintain people in their home environment, either their own home or a care home and avoid hospital admission wherever possible.
Latest Government advice to Social Care Providers (13 March 2020)
Routine inspections suspended in response to coronavirus outbreak (16 March 2020)
Business Continuity Advice
For business continuity or additional advice speak to Riki Moody - GCPA Chief Operations Officer