In this section you will find resources, guidance and information that may be useful for care homes and domiciliary care relating to Covid-19. We will keep adding to these as further resources become available. Don’t forget to look at the other resources on this site….

If you have any resources, guidance or information, or are aware of any that we can share, please send them to sixsteps@eolp.org.uk.

*LATEST NEWS AND RESOURCES*

All new information will be added here, then moved to the appropriate area below after a few days

Number of deaths in care homes notified to the Care Quality Commission, England
Provisional counts of deaths in care homes caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) by local authority. Published by the Office for National Statistics and Care Quality Commission. Click here to visit website
Living with dementia and COVID-19: an emergency kit
Advice and support, at-home activities and how can carers look after themselves (Rare Dementia Support).  Download: Living-with-dementia-and-COVID-19-an-emergency-kit.pdf
SPECIFIC GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION FOR CARE HOMES

The resources below have been written or developed specifically for care homes

Coronavirus (COVID-19): care home support package UPDATED 22 MAY 2020
Sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to visit website  
Coronavirus (COVID-19): reuse of medicines in a care home or hospice
Standard operating procedure on how to run a safe and effective medicines reuse scheme in a care home or hospice during the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to visit website  
COVID-19 How to work safely in care homes
PPE recommendations for care home staff in the context of sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK (Public Health England).  Download: PHE-COVID-19-How-to-work-safely-in-care-homes.pdf
Video - Covid-19 Putting on and removing PPE - a guide for care homes
This video explains the standard of PPE that is safe for use in care homes (Public Health England). Click here to watch video
How to work safely in care homes. Putting on personal protective equipment (PPE) POSTER
A one page poster that complements the video (Public Health England). Download: Putting_on_PPE_Care_Homes.pdf 
How to work safely in care homes. Taking off personal protective equipment (PPE) POSTER
A one page poster that complements the video (Public Health England). Download: Taking_off_PPE_Care_Homes.pdf 
How can pandemic spreads be contained in care homes?
Advice from the Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service Team Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine on how to contain Covid-19 in care homes. Click here to visit website
COVID-19: Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care
This action plan sets out our approach for all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. This includes people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings (Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS).  Download: Covid-19-Adult-Social-Care-Action-Plan.pdf
Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home
This guidance is intended for care homes, local health protection teams, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care. This includes registered residential care and nursing homes for people with learning disabilities, mental health and/or other disabilities. Download: Admission-and-Care-of-Residents-during-COVID-19-Incident-in-a-Care-Home.pdf
Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes
This guidance has been developed to help care home staff and NHS staff who work with them to support residents through the pandemic (the British Geriatrics Society). Download: Managing-the-COVID-19-pandemic-in-care-homes-BGS.pdf
Poster to promote future planning discussions
This poster can be used as a reminder for staff to promote future planning discussions  in light of the Covid-19 situation. Download: Future-discussion-poster.pdf
Coronavirus (COVID-19): verification of death in times of emergency
Clarifying existing practice for verifying deaths outside of hospitals and providing a framework for safe verification of death during the coronavirus emergency. Click here to visit website 
COVID-19 Information and guidance for social or community care and residential settings
Guidance about COVID-19 for those working in social or community care and residential settings (Health Protection Scotland). Download: Covid-19-guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings.pdf
SYMPTOM AND CARE MANAGEMENT

These resources relate to direct care issues such as symptom management for care homes

COVID-19 rapid guideline
Managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community. Download: Covid19-rapid-guideline-managing-symptoms-including-at-the-end-of-life-tn-the-community.pdf
Flowchart to support implementation of national guidance on verification of death in this period of emergency
This guidance offers a flow chart for the process and an annexe with guidance for remote clinical support for verification of death . Download: VoD__supporting_information.pdf 
APRIL VERSION Registered Nurse Verification of Expected Adult Death (RNVoEAD) guidance
The aim of this guidance and the accompanying competency assessment tool (See Appendix 1), is to provide a framework for the timely verification of expected adult deaths by experienced (assessed as competent), registered nurses (RNs). Download: rnvoead-special-covid-19-edition-final-2.pdf
SPECIFIC INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE FOR DOMICILIARY CARE

The resources below have been written or developed specifically for domiciliary care

Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19
Latest information for the social care sector from the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) Click here to visit website 
Poster to promote future planning discussions
This poster can be used as a reminder for staff to promote future planning discussions  in light of the Covid-19 situation. Download: Future-discussion-poster-for-domicilary-care.pdf
SUPPORTING RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES

The following resources can be used to support residents and their families during the Covid-19 crisis

Clinical guide for supporting compassionate visiting arrangements for those receiving care at the end of life
This guidance is focused on supporting compassionate visiting arrangements for those receiving care at the end of life. It provides advice on how visiting at the end of life can be facilitated across a range of settings. Download: C0393-clinical-guide-for-supporting-compassionate-visiting-arrangements-13-may-2020.pdf 
Using Skype during Pandemic Isolation
How Hospitals, Hospices & Care facilities can use Skype to reduce loneliness during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (BMJ blog). Click here to visit website
Activities for Older Adults during COVID19
A guide to online resources for those providing care for people with dementia. Download: Maintaining-Activities-for-Older-Adults-during-COVID19.pdf
Talking to relatives
A guide to compassionate phone communication during COVID-19. Download: Talking-to-Relatives-NHS-Covid19-Communications-flow-chart.pdf
Video - Effective communication during Covid-19
This video summarises how we can deliver effective communication during the current pandemic and whilst wearing PPE. Click here to watch video  
Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief
Cruse Bereavement Care share resources to consider how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. Click here to visit website
Supporting Carers and Care Staff to Understand and Respond to Changes in Behaviour in People with Dementia
This document has been created to help carers and care staff to understand potential changes in the behaviour of people with dementia and offer suggestions on appropriate supports (the Northern Health and Social Care Trust). Download: Supporting-People-with-Dementia-During-Covid-19.pdf
SUPPORTING STAFF, COLLEAGUES AND OURSELVES

The following resources can be used to support staff and colleagues

Skills for Care launches COVID-19 advice line for managers
A new COVID-19 advice line has been launched to support the sector’s 20,000 registered and other frontline managers. Click here to visit website
Mental health hotline for staff tackling COVID-19
NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency. Click here to visit website
Leading through uncertainty: First Aid Kit
An 11 minute video with top tips on how to lead through uncertain times by Leadership experts Rachael Lewis & Gareth English. Click here to watch video
Looking after your feelings and body
An easy read guide to promote self care (Public Health England). Download: Looking-after-your-feelings-and-body-easy-read-guide.pdf
Coping with your feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic
Guidance by NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services. Click here to visit website
TRAINING AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Using Syringe Drivers online 30 minute course
This session is designed to give you an overview of syringe drivers, and the different uses they have in the management of symptoms and end of life care. It will also dispel some myths and assumptions about the use of syringe drivers. This session was reviewed by Jane Naismith and Richard Kitchen and last updated in August 2018 (e-LfH). Click here for session 
Video showing the set up of the T34 syringe driver
A demonstration of the set up procedure for the T34 (Claire Britton, Specialist Nurse Practitioner, Sobell House Community Team). Click here to watch video 
Free online Covid-19 awareness course
This free COVID-19 resource is delivered via Skills for Health, who are one of the leading UK providers of online learning for healthcare, including Statutory/Mandatory training such as Infection Prevention and Control. Click here for more information and registration 
Online training session on COVID-19 and Palliative, End-of-life and Bereavement Care
This is just one of the several sessions available on e-LfH. Click here to visit website 
OTHER

These resources, although not written specifically for care homes will also be very applicable

Mapping tool for PPE - Request PPE items
FindTheMasks, which was originally developed by volunteers in the US, is  being rolled out in the UK.  Click here to go to website 
COVID EOLC Community Charter
Principles and guidance to providing the best possible palliative and end of life care to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Download: [download id=”3598″
Advance care planning guidance and template UPDATED VERSION 11 MAY
Guidance and template in the context of coronavirus (COVID19). Click here to visit website
Emergency MCA and DOLS Guidance during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Guidance for Hospitals, Care Homes and Supervisory Bodies [v0.1]. Download: Emergency_MCA_DoLS_Guidance_COVID19.pdf
Posters for use in hospitals and other NHS settings
Downloadable posters to remind patients to keep a safe distance. Click here to go to download 
Royal College of Nursing Covid-19 information
Covid-19 – what you need to know. Click here to visit website
Chief Coroner’s Guidance on COVID-19
This document is provided to Coroners to support their decision making during Covid-19. Download: Chief-Coroner-Guidance-No.-34-COVID-19-26-March-2020.pdf
NEWS AND ARTICLES

Recent updates and information

Apply for coronavirus tests for a care home
Apply for coronavirus testing kits to test the residents and staff of your care home (Only applies to England). Click here to visit website  
Research to focus on Covid-19 impact on people living with dementia
Alzheimer’s Society is carrying out research about how coronavirus is impacting people living with dementia. Click here to read more on the website
Additional support for care homes from the NHS during COVID-19
An NHS package of support for care homes is being brought forward due to the coronavirus pandemic. Download: second-phase-of-nhs-response-to-covid-19-letter-to-chief-execs-29-april-2020.pdf
COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes – management information
Weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres. Click here to read the latest update