UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR THE CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE

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The new advice details further precautions those in this group can take on top of the tougher national measures being introduced.

Socialising: stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors to exercise or attend health appointments. People can exercise with those they live with or in their support bubble.

Work: if people cannot work from home, they should not attend work. They may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme during this period of national measures.

School: evidence has shown there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from COVID-19, most children originally on the shielded patient list no longer need to be and therefore can still attend school. If they are unsure, parents should contact their child’s usual GP or hospital clinician to check whether they should still be considered clinically extremely vulnerable. If a GP or clinician has advised that a child should remain on the shielded patient list, they are advised not to attend school. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but aren’t themselves, should still attend school.

Going outside:avoid all non-essential travel – they should continue to travel to hospital and GP appointments unless told otherwise by their doctor. They are strongly advised not to go to any shops or to pharmacies.

The government will also be providing over £32 million to upper tier councils in England to support the clinically extremely vulnerable over the next month. It will be used to provide support, such as access to food deliveries and signposting to local support of befriending services, to the most at risk; enabling them to stay at home as much as possible over this short period.

Find out more: https://www.gov.uk/…/clinically-extremely-vulnerable…

Visiting arrangements in care homes for the period of national restrictions

The guidance applies for the period of the national restrictions beginning 5 November 2020 and supersedes previous guidance on visiting policies for care homes.

Receiving visitors is an important part of care home life. Maintaining some opportunities for visiting to take place is critical for supporting the health and wellbeing of residents and their relationships with friends and family.

The guidance sets out measures that can be put in place to provide COVID-secure opportunities for families to meet using visiting arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.

Care home providers, families and local professionals should work together to find the right balance between the benefits of visiting on wellbeing and quality of life, and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to social care staff and vulnerable residents

Find out more: https://www.gov.uk/…/update-on-policies-for-visiting…

Providing COVID-19 recovery care and support at home

A new guide for homecare workers and personal assistants to help people recover from COVID-19 has been published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Produced with the Department of Health and Social Care, it sets out practical advice for managing healthcare issues experienced in recovery, such as difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness and confusion.

Find out more: https://www.scie.org.uk/…/home-care/recovering-at-home