New guidance on supported living builds on the previous advice to supported living providers (withdrawn on 13 May 2020). The guidance is primarily for supported living settings, but many of the principles are applicable to extra care housing for older people. It may also be a useful resource for the wider supported housing sector, such as retirement or sheltered housing.
Specific areas covered include:
- key messages to assist with planning and preparation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic so that local procedures can be put in place to minimise risk and provide the best possible support to people in supported living settings;
- safe systems of working including, social distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning;
- and how infection prevention and control (IPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE) applies to supported living settings.
There is also reference to the Housing LIN Coronavirus Practice Briefing No4.