Government guidance published online reveals how care homes can maintain services amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The document, which is available on the gov.uk website, advises care home providers to work with local authorities to activate steps for mutual aid. It suggests sharing the workforce between providers and deploying volunteers where that is safe to do so.
Care home providers are also encouraged to consider ways in which they can keep people safe across the local area. Where possible, they should use tools, such as the Capacity Tracker or Care Pulse, to report the number of available beds.
What’s more, they are advised to utilise tools for the secure transfer of information, such as NHSMail, and increase the use of Skype or similar platforms to ensure that advice from GPs, acute care staff, local Public Health England health protection teams and community health can be given.
The document contains further advice on numerous related topics, including what to do if a staff member or resident displays symptoms of COVID-19.
To read the information in full, click here.