Care homes and the spread of COVID-19

Many of us will have relatives and friends that live or work in a care home and so we will have some idea of what is going on within them during the pandemic through both this and the increasing press coverage. As we hear the news of the increasing number of deaths in care homes, two important questions to address are how likely a particular care home is to be impacted by the pandemic and to what extent. Here I briefly present some of the background and then discuss what could influence which homes are more likely to be significantly affected by the pandemic.

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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