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What precautions care homes are taking against Covid-19

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As elderly people are most vulnerable to Coronavirus, it has been necessary for care homes to put procedures into place to keep people safe. The Government’s Adult Social Care Plan has ensured that care home staff will get free PPE until March 2021. If staff wear PPE while caring for a resident with symptoms, they do not need to self-isolate.

The Government have put in funding for an Infection Control Fund and added £546 million to it in September. This funding can be used by care homes to meet additional costs such as paying staff wages when they are self-isolating.

Care home staff and residents have also been prioritised for Coronavirus testing. Staff can request tests from the online portal on the government website.

Visiting policies have been amended with social distancing heavily encouraged, only allowing face to face meetings in circumstances such as end of life care and after temperature and health checks have been carried out. After the easing of lockdown, visitor guidelines have now relaxed and care homes are allowing visitors in risk assessments.

Emphasis has been put on cleaning surfaces regularly, regular hand sanitisation and disposing of PPE securely. The majority of care homes also offer single rooms and bathrooms which is useful when staff or residents need to isolate.