Hi all,

Today we are sharing some info and advice with regards to if you’re returning from a stay in hospital into the community and/or shared accommodation setting (which many of you would be at our schemes).

The advice below is an extract taken from the full government guidelines regarding this (link at the bottom of the page) that tells you what you need to do, what QVT staff will do to assist and their role in your care, and should therefore hopefully provide clarification.

If you have any questions please ask a member of the QVT team.

Testing for patients and discharge from hospital into the community

“Some people with non-urgent needs, who do not meet the clinical criteria to reside in hospital, will be discharged for their recovery period.

As set out in the COVID-19 adult social care action plan, any individual moving into a supported living setting should be supported as if they were possibly COVID-19-positive until a 10-day period has passed, even where they have tested negative for COVID-19. This should increase to 14 days based on a risk assessment if the setting is considered high risk. Providers will need to follow the relevant guidance for use of PPE for COVID-19-positive people during this period.

All people receiving hospital care will be tested for COVID-19, and hospitals should share care needs and COVID-19 status with relevant community partners planning the subsequent community care. Supported living environments should ensure that support plans are in place to maintain a supportive and planned transfer and are discussed with the person being discharged, and where appropriate their family and care providers.

If the PCR (swab) test has been performed in hospital but the result still awaited, the person may only be discharged if assurance has been gained that appropriate support plans are in place for the requirements of the isolation period to be met.

For autistic people and people with learning disabilities, mental ill health, or dementia it will be particularly important to make sure they and their families understand, before the transfer happens:

·        why these arrangements are needed

·        what they will look like

·        how long they will go on for

It will be important to ask how they feel about this and what, if anything, could make it easier for them.

For people living in shared settings, the views and needs of the people they live with should be taken into account when thinking through the practical arrangements that need to be made at home to reduce the risk of infection, such as that set out in the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. This should include their view on the risk to them of sharing their home with the person being discharged whose COVID-19 status is unknown and may include the need to consider if any change in living arrangements is needed, for example to allow the person being discharged to access a separate bathroom and stopping other people visiting the home”

The full guidance is here

 

 

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