This document is a good practice guide to help care home staff manage the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes.
Firstly, it offers a list of key recommendations on a variety of topics, including training of staff, material, treatments, communication with other healthcare professionals, management of the care home, etcetera. Secondly, it offers a quick guide on identifying residents who may have COVID-19, how to respond, and the organizational changes care homes should make in order to make detection and response easier and more efficient. Thirdly, it gives advice on isolation residents, especially considering those residents who “walk with purpose”, and explains the challenges of asking residents to stay in their room and ban them from shared spaces. There is also a section on advance care planning in the context of the pandemic, and another one specifically on how decisions about escalation of care to hospital should be taken. Finally, this document contains a section on supporting care home residents and staff, namely through the national COVID-19 online care home community, led by Anita Astle.
COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes for older people. London, British Geriatrics Society, 2020, online.
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