Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes

Department Of Health

Admission and care of residents in a care home during COVID-19

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This guidance is 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.

It sets out how to:

  • admit and care for residents safely
  • protect care home staff
Published 2 April 2020
Last updated 26 November 2020 +show all updates

  1. Updated to include relevant links to the guidance on the local restriction tier system that will be in place in England from 2 December.

  2. Added note that this guidance will be updated soon and directed users to guidance updated ahead of the 5 November national lockdown.

  3. Added a new section on how care homes can support the NHS Test and Trace service.

  4. Updated links to hospital discharge service guidance.

  5. Added a new section on testing people moving from the community into a care home (Annex K).

  6. Changed to reflect that self-isolation period for people with symptoms of coronavirus has changed from 7 days to 10 days, and added link to recent updated guidance on visiting care homes during coronavirus.

  7. This document has been updated throughout in line with the care homes support package announced on 15 May and the latest advice on testing, and infection prevention and control. The changes are set out in full in the document.

  8. Updated the guidance to add a loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) as a symptom of coronavirus. The changes are in Section 2, Annex A and Annex B.

  9. Added a note to say that the guidance is being reviewed following publication of the COVID-19 adult social care action plan.

  10. First published.

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