The Infection Prevention Society has produced a training resource on infection prevention and control in care homes during the coronavirus pandemic

Introduction

Care home residents are by definition a vulnerable group at risk of serious illness or death if they develop Covid-19, while there is also a high risk of disease spread through a home in which a resident or staff member is infected. Rigorous infection prevention and control measures are essential to prevent infection entering care homes or from spreading if a resident or staff member becomes infected.

The Infection Prevention Society has developed a Covid-19 infection prevention and control training resource for care home staff, which is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.

Topics included in the guidance include:

  • Symptoms and severity of Covid-19;
  • How the disease is spread;
  • Sustained community transmission
  • Preventing the spread of Covid-19
  • Hand hygiene for residents and staff;
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Isolation for residents with known or suspected Covid-19;
  • Facilitating visits to residents receiving end-of-life care;
  • Minimising environmental contamination;
  • Staff uniforms and safety at home;
  • Staff with Covid-19.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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