Seven rules for managing carers in the home

Posted on the 18th March 2020

For families with care packages, you should still allow people to care for your child to prevent burnout. This situation could last for many weeks.  However, it is important to follow some basic rules. These are some of the things you can do to minimise the risk of spread:

1. Carer illness

Don’t allow carers/nurses to come into your home if they have any signs of a cold or cough type illness, no matter how minor.

2. Display posters

Download our poster (PDF/1MB) to put on your front door to advise visitors to your home of the precautions they need to take.

3. Don’t allow germs into your house

Ask carers/nurses to leave their coat in the car or to remove at the door and to wash their hands and change into clean clothes for the shift, leaving their own clothes in a bag in the hallway.

4. Use antibacterial wipes

Ask your care team to put any personal belongings they need for the shift in a cloth bag that you can provide, remember to ask them to wipe phones and glasses, pens etc with antibacterial wipes before they place in the shift bag.

5. Minimise unnecessary risk

Ask care staff not to wear jewellery to work.

6. Avoid close contact

Ask your care staff to have limited close 1:1 contact with your child wherever possible, i.e. No kisses or cuddles if not necessary.

7. Follow NHS guidelines

Ensure your carers/nurses adhere to the hand washing regime recommended by the NHS.

We hope you have found this article useful. Please also browse our other articles providing guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak. If there are particular things you are worried about that we haven’t yet covered, please submit them via the comments box below and we will use it to shape future information and guidance during this difficult time.

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