On 6 August 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) updated guidance for supported living providers. The guidance titled, ‘COVID-19: guidance for supported living’ expands on the previous advice given to supported living providers (which was withdrawn on 13 May 2020).
The guidance sets out the following:
- key messages to assist with planning and preparation in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic so that local procedures can be put in place to minimise risk and provide the best possible support to people in supported living settings. These local procedures may need to be updated to reflect changes in government guidance and advice as the pandemic response changes.
- safe systems of working, including social distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning.
- How infection prevention and control (IPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE) applies to supported living settings.
A copy of the guidance can be accessed here.