Care England has welcomed the release of the updated Care Home and Domiciliary Care guidance albeit late in the day.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:“This updated guidance represents a great victory for the sector as it includes much needed bespoke advice for learning disability and/or autism care providers. It has been a long time coming, but is of course welcome”.
How to work safely in care homes and Personal protective equipment (PPE) – resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) during sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK were published on 16 June
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/892466/How_to_work_safely_in_care_homes_v3_15_Jun.pdf They provide guidance on the use of PPE for care workers and domiciliary care workers during the current period of sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK. The guidance explains how PPE guidance applies to care home setting and is drawn from full infection prevention and control and PPE guidance.
Martin Green continues:“Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the concerns articulated by those who support individuals with a learning disability and/or autism have been largely overlooked by statutory bodies. It is vitally important to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable people in society are heard and addressed. In future we hope and expect that guidance will be co-produced in order to adequately meet the needs of both providers and those who they support and furthermore that there will be an acknowledgement of the necessary resources”.