The latest guidance on PPE has been updated on the Government website as of the 28th April 2020. It is now recommended that all carers now wear PPE whether the client you are caring for has symptoms or not, and includes all clients, including those in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ group, when in direct contact with the client (e.g touching). This includes wearing:
- Disposable gloves – Single use to protect you from contact with the client’s body fluids and secretions.
- Disposable plastic apron – Single use to protect you from contact with the client’s body fluids and secretions.
- Fluid-repellent surgical mask – Fluid-repellent surgical masks can be used continuously while providing care, unless you need to remove the mask from your face (e.g. to drink, eat, take a break from duties). You may wear the same mask between different homecare visits (or visiting different people living in an extra care scheme), if it is safe to do so whilst travelling. This may be appropriate when travelling between households on foot or by car or by public transport, so long as you do not need to take the mask off, or lower it from your face. You should not touch your face mask. The mask is worn to protect the care worker, and can be used while caring for a number of different clients. You should remove and dispose of the mask if it becomes damaged, soiled, damp, or uncomfortable to use. If removed, you would then need to use a new mask when you start your next homecare visit.
- Eye protection – Eye protection may be needed for care of some clients where there is risk of droplets or secretions from the client’s mouth, nose, lungs or from body fluids reaching the eyes (e.g. caring for someone who is repeatedly coughing or who may be vomiting).
Full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care
Please see the attached PPE Domiciliary Care Guidance document for more details.
As we are all aware accessing PPE has become a national problem and every sector involved in healthcare provision is experiencing difficulties. Although we will do our utmost to assist our Caregivers, Clients and their families to comply with this latest guidance from Public Health England, as an introductory agency we do not supply our Caregivers with PPE, this is something they provide themselves or ask the family to supply. We are happy to help with any queries or concerns you may have but are limited in the advice we can give.