Self-isolation

      Stay Home 1 Week

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The government says that people who think they might have the virus or have some of the symptoms need to stay at home for 7 days.

Anyone who has been in close contact with a person who tests positive for Coronavirus needs to stay at home for 14 days.

This is called self-isolation. 

You might get a phone call from test and trace if you have been in contact with someone who has the virus.

Easy read guidance for people who need to self-isolate

Public Health England have made a useful poster about self isolation.

This is useful if you think you might have the virus or if you have have been in contact with someone else who has symptoms of Coronavirus.

 

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Wearing face coverings

 

      Mask Scarf

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A face covering is something which covers your nose and mouth. It doesn’t have to be a mask. It can be anything that covers your nose and mouth.

Some people do not have symptoms so they can spread Coronavirus without knowing.

Face coverings are to stop you from accidentally spreading the virus.

The government has made new rules about wearing face coverings in public places to help protect people from Coronavirus.

Some people do not have to wear a face covering for health reasons.

Read the full government guidance about face coverings.

This includes when you have to wear a face covering and who is exempt for health reasons.

It also tells you how to make your own face covering.

Here is the government exemption card for you to upload on your mobile phone

Here is the government exemption card for you to print

 

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Coming out of shielding

 

       Support Bubble 4

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If you have a serious illnesses or health condition, you might have been asked to shield to protect yourself from Coronavirus.

This means staying at home and not seeing anybody unless you have to.

The advice about shielding is now changing. And everyone’s health conditions and support needs are different.

If you are unsure about whether you should still be shielding, ask your doctor or consultant.

Latest guidance on shielding – full version (Updated 4 August 2020)

This guidance is for adults and children in England who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable you should have received a letter confirming this or have been told directly by your GP or hospital clinician.

Easy read guidance on shielding from Public Health England. (Updated August 2020)

If you are confused or unsure about what to do, ask your GP.

 

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Social distancing

 

          Meet 6 People

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Easy read on some of the rules that have changed – by Mencap. Talks about the 6 people rule, your support bubble and going out and about.

Updated Guidance around social distancing and meeting with others – You must follow this guidance from Monday 14th September.

Social distancing is to try and stop the virus spreading to other people.

The government says we should stay two metres (three steps) apart from people we don’t live in the same house with.

We should also take other measures like washing our hands and covering our faces.

The guidance is still important even though we are now moving out of lockdown. 

Staying alert and safe – social distancing guidance (Updated 31 July 2020).

This tells you about the new rules on social distancing indoors and outdoors.

Optional badges that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing

This tells you about the new rules on social distancing when you are spending time with people you don’t live with.

Guidance about funerals during Coronavirus from Public Health England.

The government have not yet published easy read information about the new rules on social distancing.

We will update this page when they do.

 

In the meantime you can see other resources about social distancing and the new rules here

 

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Key current guidance documents

 

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Useful for everyone

Government guidance on restrictions from 19th July

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Easy read ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with coronavirus’

Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults (coronavirus guidance)

Visits out of care homes guidance (Updated 15 July 2021) – This guidance applies to residential care homes, and care home residents of all ages.

If you cannot get an NHS COVID Pass letter (easy read) – Easy read version of the non-personal information sent to you if you cannot get an NHS COVID Pass letter about your COVID-19 status

How to stop the spread of coronavirus (also available in easy-read) – Advice for everyone to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The visiting guidance for those in care homes and supported living has been updated – Alex Ruck Keene (from 39 Essex chambers) talks about the changes here

Guidance from the government on how to stop the spread of the virus is now available in 31 languages you can Access these here

Advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus

COVID-19 restrictions posters: 29 March 2021

What you can and cannot do from the 12th April: Covid-19 restrictions

COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan – the plan to prevent and respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic during 2021 to 2022

Clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer need to shield from April 1st – press release

All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Second quarterly report on progress to address COVID-19 health inequalities – the Minister for Equalities talks about progress to understand disparities experienced by individuals from an ethnic minority background

COVID-19 Response Spring 2021 (including roadmap out of lockdown)

Guidance on protecting people most likely to get very poorly from coronavirus (shielding)

Free PPE now available for unpaid carers

COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable adults

Updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 – Adults with Down’s syndrome have been added to the list of people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable – Read more on this in easy read by clicking here or find more information here.

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Easy read advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable people – from Department for Health and Social Care

Vitamin D Guidance – for vulnerable groups

Visits out of care homes – this guidance applies to residential care settings for older people and adults of working age.

The Government’s Covid-19 winter plan – Read the FULL PLAN or a SUMMARY of the plan

Guidance on MCA and DoLs during the coronavirus pandemic

Easy read guide about the ethical framework for adult social care. These are rules to help make sure that decisions about care and support are made fairly.

Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic.

NHS and Public Health England general guidance.

New guidance for young carers and young adult carers, including information on staying safe and well, practical advice and support, schools and education, and information for young adult carers on how to support people when you are not living at home.

Guidance on the re-opening of special schools and what this will mean for children.

Guidance about the register held by the Office of the Public Guardian of everyone who has a lasting or enduring power of attorney (LPA and EPA), or who has a deputy acting for them. This can be searched by social care staff to find the contact details of those involved.

Find out more about what you can and can’t do here 

 

For organisations and people who employ their own staff

Frontline health and care staff can work rather than self-isolate – Frontline NHS and social care staff can attend work rather than self-isolate with testing mitigations in exceptional circumstances under updated guidance

Guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4

The visiting guidance for those in care homes and supported living has been updated – Alex Ruck Keene (from 39 Essex chambers) talks about the changes here

Everyone working in care homes to be fully vaccinated under new law to protect residents

Guidance for health professionals to support people with learning disabilities to access screening

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes – Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England – A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Guidance on care home visiting – Updated 4th May.

Visiting arrangements in care homes – Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents (updated 4th May).

Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings

Guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Guidance packs for using lateral flow tests – for residential care providers and for their visitors

Video on how to use the PPE portal

Guidance for extra care and supported living settings to access testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care – aims to answer frequently asked questions from registered providers, social care staff, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes

Guidance on the adult social care infection control fund – this fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission within and between care settings

Guidance for providers of supported living settings

Letter to Care Providers from director of adult social care delivery, includes actions that need to be taken around testing and PPE to prevent a rise in coronavirus cases.

Guidance portal for adult social care

Easy read clinical guidance for support staff 

Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

Guidance for supported living services

Guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults (last updated 29th September 2020 ).

Clinical guide for front line staff supporting the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both during the coronavirus pandemic.

This guidance includes information on listening to people and their families or supporters, communication and decision making. 

Guidance on delivering safe face-to-face adult daycare (SCIE on behalf of DHSC).

Guidance on reducing risk in adult social care

Guidance on support for care homes

Guidance on at-home care

Guidance for providers of supported living services

Guidance to commissioners about social care provider resilience during COVID-19 from the The Local Government Association.

This is shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA).

 

For people who use Direct Payments and Personal Budgets

Statement from the Department for Health and Social Care on Local tiering alerts and delivering personal care and support in people’s homes:

‘If your own local alert level becomes tier two or tier three, it is confirmed by the Department for Health and Social Care that personal assistants will continue to be considered as key workers. This means you can continue to deliver care in people’s homes and maintain your status as a key worker. This status is set out in principle four of this guidance and is not anticipated to change.’

Coronavirus guidance for people receiving and delivering direct payments – Advice for people that are using direct payments and the local authorities and clinical commissioning groups who are delivering the payments.

Using direct payments during the pandemic – the most important things you need to know

Easy read guide about direct payments for commissioners and people who buy their own care and support.

This is about the money and how direct payments will work.

Easy read guidance for people who use direct payments and their personal assistants (updated June 2020).

Here is a template from DHSC to make a Contingency Plan during the pandemic if you use a Direct Payment.

Here is the full guidance about Direct Payments, including Q&As

 

GPs, medication and hospitals

Latest guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19.

Health at Home campaign – how to contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage your wellbeing and existing conditions – without having to leave home.

Compilation of guidance on supporting patients of all ages who are unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) in mental health, learning disability, autism, dementia and specialist inpatient facilities.  

This has useful information about testing and going into hospital as well as information about ‘reasonable adjustments’ and protocols for transfer to an acute hospital setting where needed. 

Guidance on hospital visiting. Most visiting is not allowed but people with learning disabilities or autistic people can have a visitor who supports them if them not being there causes more distress. 

Guidance and updates for GPs, who have been given guidance by NHS England about how to support their most ‘at risk’ patients.

Easy read C(E)TR – Care (Education) and Treatment Review – planning and consent form

Health Education England have published guidance in a range of accessible formats, including formats suitable for children and for older people.

Letter from NHS England to all NHS organisations on the response to the 3rd phase of response to COVID-19. This includes specific actions on health checks, reducing the number of people in ATUs and completing LeDeR reviews; plus expectations on the wider inclusive restoration of services.

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Testing/Test and trace

 

     

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Testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in adult care homes – How to access test kits and step-by-step guides on how to use PCR and rapid lateral flow test kits

Easy read on testing yourself for the Coronavirus – from The Department of Health and Social care

Test and trace

The NHS test and trace system helps follow where the virus has spread and stop it spreading any further.

This will help to control the virus.

Test and Trace – how it works

How to get tested

Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund

NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace. For organisations and people who employ their own PAs.

NHS test and trace website

NHS guide to pulse oximetry

Standard Operating Procedure – oximetry at home 

 

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Self Isolation

 

 

 

 

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This is guidance for people who think they might have the virus or have some of the symptoms. It is also for people who have been in direct contact with someone with coronavirus.

Government guidance for people who need to self isolate

Easy Read posters from Photosymbols on the latest guidance including testing and shielding.

Easy read information on face coverings made by Mencap

Social Story on why people are wearing masks

Public Health England have made a useful poster about self isolation if you think you might have the virus or have been in contact with someone else who has symptoms of coronavirus. You can see this below:

 

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Social Distancing

 

 

 

 

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The government has asked everyone to make big changes to how we act – these are being called social distancing.

From 23 March we were told to stay at home apart from for essential shopping and medical care or if you do an essential job.

From the beginning of July some things are starting to go back to normal, but we are still being asked to do social distancing. Mencap have made an easy read guide about the new rules.

Social distancing is to try and stop the virus spreading to other people especially people who are more vulnerable. This includes people who are older. This includes people who have got long term health conditions.

And this includes people with a learning disability even if they don’t have other health conditions, because they are more likely to need support in their lives or they are more likely to find it harder to access health and advice services.

We think it is important that everyone looks at the social distancing guidance and talks about it.

The guidance is now a requirement and not just advice. So we think it is important people think about what it means to them and those around them and come up with a plan.

The latest government guidance about staying at home can be seen via these links:

Latest government guidance about staying home

Easy read summary about staying at home

PhotoSymbols have made a poster about staying home here

Guidance on staying alert and social distancing – not easy read yet

NHS Health at Home

To maintain social distancing, people are advised to stay at home as much as possible. Also some where people will need to shield or self-isolate, for example if they are extremely clinically vulnerable or have symptoms of coronavirus.

The Health at Home campaign gives people the information they need to contact their GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage their wellbeing and existing conditions – without having to leave home.

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Key NHS Guidance Documents

 

 

 

 

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As we move into recovery stage, NHS England has published guidance about accessing NHS services when you need them. This includes going to A&E, hospital appointments , GP services, getting medication and dentists. You can read the full guidance here.  You can read the easy read guidance here

The Office for National Statistics has now published Coronavirus (COVID-19) related mortality by religion, ethnicity and disability: England and Wales, 2 March 2020 to 15 May

The government has published advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. This includes easy read versions.

The new government guidance for wearing face coverings is here

The government has published an update on policies for visiting arrangements in care homes.

The government has published an easy read version of their plan to rebuild and get back to normal after Coronavirus.

On behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, SCIE has published guidance to delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care.

A joint letter from Children and young People and Care Ministers to children and young people with SEND regarding the full return to educational settings in September 2020.

The NHS has updated their legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic.

There is important new guidance for people who are Extremely Vulnerable to the virus because of other health conditions they have.

You should always to follow the advice from the NHS and Public Health England. You can read NHS and Public Health England general guidance here

You can read NHS general FAQs about what you can and can’t do here

Health Education England have published guidance in a range of accessible formats, including formats suitable for children and for older people. Access the NHS / HEE library here

You can see the easy read guidance from Public Health England here

NHS England have produced updated guidance for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults on 24 April. You can read the guidance for care (support) staff here

The NHS have issued guidance about discharge from hospital during Covid 19. You can see the NHS slides from their webinar on hospital discharge here

You can see the NHS easy read clinical guidance for support staff here

Public Health England have published guidance about funerals during coronavirus here

The Department for Health and Social Care have put together replies to Frequently Asked Questions along with a sign up to receive weekly bulletins: 30th June 2020

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