Providing care and support at home to people who have had COVID-19

SCIE have produced a new quick guide will help home care workers and personal assistants to provide safe care and support to people who have left hospital after having COVID-19. It comes at an important time as the country prepares to go into lockdown for a second time.

Some of the difficulties that people might experience after a discharge from hospital include longer-term damage to the heart and lungs, difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness, fatigue, skin damage, confusion, and wider mental health problems; or feelings of reduced wellbeing. Many factors can affect people’s ability to resume day-to-day activities.

The resource, developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) for the Department of Health and Social Care, explains what to expect as people return to their lives at home under new circumstances. SCIE say that the involvement of families, friends and personal networks should be central to providing appropriate care and support. Read more

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