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COVID-19 (Coronavirus info)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Identifying and monitoring symptoms

 

Health Protection Scotland – Information and Guidance for Care Home Settings To access the above national guidance please click here to access the most up to date version.

National guidance on caring for residents is available from Health Protection Scotland – Information and Guidance for...

National guidance on caring for residents is available from Health Protection Scotland – Information and Guidance for Care Home Settings. You can access the most up to date version of the National Guidance (see Section 1.2).

All residents should be monitored daily for known COVID-19 symptoms - a new continuous cough or high temperature, or loss of/ change in sense of smell or taste.

Remember, if you are at any time unsure of what to do when caring for someone who is acutely unwell, you should speak with your supervisor or manager at the earliest opportunity so that there is a clear understanding of what is expected of you and what steps to take. 

Always follow your organisation’s policies and procedures on recording and reporting. If you are unsure check with your supervisor or manager.

 

For the frailer elderly population symptoms can come on very quickly. Sometimes you will notice that someone is unwel...

For the frailer elderly population symptoms can come on very quickly. Sometimes you will notice that someone is unwell, at other times it may be harder to spot. 

  • You may notice a resident being extremely tired (more than usual) or going off their food
  • They may be more breathless or confused.
  • If you have cared for a person and know them well, it can be a general feeling that they ‘are not themselves’ or ‘just don’t seem right’. 

Older people may also show a range of other symptoms not associated with COVID-19 in the general population. 

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have produced a guide for social care workers supporting people in care homes or their own home.

Recognising deterioration and supporting people with acute care needs during COVID-19

This guide covers:

  • Introduction 
  • Deterioration 
  • Observations 
  • Safe administration of oxygen 

It should be used alongside local policies and procedures which are the main source of information for your Care Home.

 

See National Guidance  sections 1.4 Measures for residents exposed to a case of COVID-19 and 1.7 Resident Placement ...

See National Guidance  sections 1.4 Measures for residents exposed to a case of COVID-19 and 1.7 Resident Placement

  •  Symptomatic residents should be place in insolation for 14 days – in single rooms with en-suite facilities, where possible
  • If no single occupancy rooms are available, cohorting of exposed residents may be considered
  • Ensure that residents who have had no contact with COVID-19 cases are separated from residents with symptoms
  • Contact the GP for clinical advice
  • If a resident with symptoms is not improving after 7 days you should contact the GP, district nurse or ANP to assess why they are not improving. The resident should continue to isolate whilst symptoms are displayed.
  • Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require admission to hospital.
  • If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that the resident may have COVID-1

 

Last Updated: 20 January 2021