Providers working with local agencies
Care providers are working with other agencies to ensure it is business as usual in the care of older and vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) is working closely with the area’s local authorities and clinical commissioning groups to create a co-ordinated approach to a possible outbreak of the virus.
The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “At the moment the latest advice through Public Health England is that care providers should operate as normal and we are adhering to their advice.
“At the same time, we know that we care for some of the oldest and most vulnerable people and so it is sensible that we have a plan in place for dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19).
“We are very pleased to be working with local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in making sure our clients get the best care.”
At the same time, The ICG is reinforcing the message to care providers on the need for extra vigilance in terms of hygiene and cleanliness.
“Care providers are always at the forefront in terms of cleanliness, as we are looking after vulnerable groups. But it never hurts to remind people of the need to be extra vigilant in this area and to follow the guidance of Public Health England,” Mr Padgham added.
“We are asking providers to test their contingency plans, which they already have in place, and to contact the ICG or the county or city council, if they are concerned or may need extra support.