The Government has announced that COVID-19 testing will be available to all home care workers presenting Coronavirus symptoms.
If an individual who is receiving home care services displays symptoms of Coronavirus, then care staff should take safe working measures in order to minimise risk. This will include the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as adequate cleaning and laundry. For domiciliary care service providers, free PPE will be issued from the pandemic influenza stockpile.
Additionally, care providers can refer the vulnerable to the NHS Volunteer Responders: COVID-19 programme for practical and emotional support such as help with shopping, fetching prescriptions, or simply checking in to prevent loneliness. The Government has said that NHS volunteers will also be able to assist home care providers with logistical tasks like moving equipment or supplies.
COVID-19 testing for care workers is arranged through the Care Quality Commission (CQC), enabling all 30,000 care providers to refer eligible staff to the relevant local testing centres.
The tests are carried out by taking a swab sample from the back of the nose or throat and are available at designated NHS facilities, as well as a range of private drive-through locations. If following the results, staff are advised to self-isolate, they should not visit individuals until safe to do so.
We follow the Government’s advice to ensure we provide the best possible home care services for the most vulnerable.