The CQC has provided an update on the care homes deemed to have the required arrangements in place which it believes are suitable to accept people that have been discharged from hospital with COVID-19.
There are a little over 3,000 approved beds of this nature across the country, which is clearly positive and means that the issue of blocked beds in hospital in respect of the treatment of recovering COVID-19 patients is under less pressure. Of greater concern or rather a reality of having suitable arrangements in place in care Homes is of the 442 applications over half were deemed unsuitable to accept admissions of COVID-19 positive patients. Be that due to a lack of separation between the designated area of the home and the remainder of people being cared for without COVID-19 or insufficient staffing arrangements to assure CQC of the home’s ability to safely cohort affected persons.
The process designed to approve designated settings is a positive and proactive measure that has been taken by the CQC to identify and assure itself of the suitability of care homes to accept people with positive COVID-19 diagnoses. The reality is that the majority of care home stock in England was not designed at conception to deal with the cohorting of infectious persons; that being said care homes are adapting and doing all they can to protect their residents from contracting COVID-19 in spite of the challenges they face in controlling the spread of infection which is a testament to the resilience of the care home sector.