Updated COVID-19: guidance for supported living was published by Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social on 6 August.
The guidance is aimed at managers, care and support workers, and other staff in supported living settings.
It is primarily intended to cover long-term services for people with learning disabilities, autism, dementia or enduring mental health conditions, although it also states that many of the same principles can be applied to extra care and sheltered housing. Guidance for homeless hostels has been produced separately.
The guidance recommends that managers should use it to develop their own specific ways of working to protect people’s wellbeing and minimise risks.
It covers steps that providers should take to maintain service delivery while also preventing and controlling infection within schemes.
In some cases, residents need immediate care or support that cannot be delivered remotely without putting them at risk. Providers should try to maintain service delivery as consistently as possible, including by:
While maintaining service delivery, providers should also take all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading within schemes. The guidance covers infection control measures including: