UK social care isolation rules relaxed amid concerns about staff shortages

Concerns about staff getting sick and leaving patients out of the hospital have eased social care isolation rules.

Previously, if there were at least two cases of coronavirus in the care home, outbreak measures such as new hospitalizations and blocking indoor visitors except those who require caregiver status were implemented for 28 days. rice field.

The government has announced that this has been shortened to 14 days to help more families visit their loved ones and help the NHS service safely discharge patients.

This is because the service has increased the number of outbreaks, problems with access to the tests, and delayed results after staff became infected or sick with COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health said the changes would continue to be considered.

A spokeswoman said:

“In line with this advice, the outbreak limit has been changed and the duration has been reduced from 28 days to 14 days.

“We are constantly reviewing these measures to continue to protect the lives, health and well-being of our residents and to fully recognize the impact of isolation and the importance of dating on physical and mental health. “

Stephen Chandler, chairman of the Association of Adult Social Services Directors (Adass), said providers across the UK have reported absenteeism from 5% to 10% of the workforce.

He said he knew of two councils where decisions were made to reduce the number of visits caregivers could make to some people in their homes on a case-by-case basis.

Two nationally-supported life providers that help people with mental health needs and learning disabilities lead an independent life told him that they couldn’t help those who went out that much.

Thousands of inpatients who were ready to be discharged to the long-term care facility were stuck due to a shortage of staff.

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