Our COVID Response - Government Guidlines For New Admissions
Isolation of residents discharged from hospital or another social care facility
To minimise the risk to residents in care homes during periods of sustained community transmission, all residents being discharged from hospital or interim care facilities to the care home, and new residents admitted from the community, should be isolated for 14 days within their own room. This should be the case unless they have already undergone isolation for a 14-day period in another setting, and even then, the care home may wish to isolate new residents for a further 14 days. If new residents are admitted part way through an isolation period, they should as a minimum complete the remaining isolation period within their own room in the care home.
A 14-day period of isolation is recommended for residents in care homes as older care home residents are a particularly vulnerable group and their immune response may differ from younger, normally healthier individuals.
People with dementia or a learning disability, autistic people, and people experiencing serious mental ill health are likely to experience particular difficulties during the pandemic. This could include difficulty in understanding and following advice on social distancing, and increased anxiety. They may need additional support to recognise and respond to symptoms quickly, and in some cases may be at greater risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.
No care home will be forced to admit an existing or new resident to the care home if they are unable to cope with the impact of the person’s COVID-19 illness for the duration of the isolation period.
Some care providers will be able to accommodate these individuals through effective isolation strategies or cohorting policies. If appropriate isolation/cohorted care is not available with a local care provider, the individual’s local authority will be asked to secure alternative appropriate accommodation and care for the remainder of the required isolation period.
Care homes are on the frontline in tackling COVID-19 and we are determined that staff will have everything they need to keep themselves and their residents safe. The safety of residents and staff is a priority, and testing is a crucial part of this. It helps to both prevent and control outbreaks and allows the right steps to be taken at the right time to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable.