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Advice for Care Providers on Yorkshire Coast

Advice for Care Providers on Yorkshire Coast

Published by Jon Burke at 2:24pm 18th March 2020.

Advice is being given to care providers on the Yorkshire coast.

It comes from North Yorkshire-based Independent Care Group.

Care leaders are calling on providers to pull out all the stops to help protect older and vulnerable people in their care as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

The Independent Care Group (ICG) has issued a five-point plan to contribute to managing Covid-19.

It involves:

•             Being prepared for and able to assist with an influx of new admissions to free up hospital beds – consider the likelihood that end of life care demand will increase significantly

•             Consider creating extra bed space by utilising lounge and dining areas and other non-clinical areas

•             Encouraging care and nursing homes to restrict non-essential visits

•             Taking the government-advised precautions  during domiciliary care home visits and consider reduced levels of safe care delivery

•             Drawing up a register of volunteers who might help if staffing levels are hit.


The Group’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said:

“This is a time when all care providers will play their part in managing the coronavirus outbreak and do all they can to support the NHS to free up acute bed capacity and get us through the crisis.

Social care already looks after 400,000 people in care and nursing homes – that is three times the number in NHS hospital beds.

At the same time, social care looks after a further 640,000 people in their own homes.

We now have to prepare to go beyond those figures and, though social care is already at full stretch, meet the demands that Covid-19 is placing upon us all.

We must work together with Government, with local authorities and with clinical commissioning groups to provide a co-ordinated and effective response to the virus.

We care for some of the oldest and most vulnerable people and so it is sensible that we have a plan in place.”

At the same time, The ICG is reinforcing the message to care providers on the need for extra vigilance in terms of hygiene and cleanliness.

Mr Padgham added:

“Care providers are always at the forefront in terms of cleanliness, as we are looking after vulnerable groups. But it never hurts to remind people of the need to be extra vigilant in this area and to follow the guidance of Public Health England.

We are asking providers to test their contingency plans, which they already have in place, and to contact the ICG or the county or city council, if they are concerned or may need extra support.”


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