Seven rules for managing carers in the home

Carers are able to come back into the home. However, it is important to follow some basic rules. These are some of the things you can do to minimise the risk of spread.

By Callum Campbell · Published: March 18, 2020

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1. Carer illness

Don’t allow carers/nurses to come into your home if they have any signs of a cough or a fever type illness. Carers can easily book a test if they have symptoms and should self isolate unless they receive a negative test result.

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.

Callum Campbell, Family Information Officer

First published 18 March 2020

Last reviewed 6 April 2021

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