Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many respite care and short break services have been suspended and consequently many families are facing significant, additional pressures. Bringing these vital services back ‘on line’ as quickly and safely as possible is a key priority. Scotland’s route map through and out of crisis (Scottish Government, May 2020), specifically mentions respite care and breaks from caring as part of the Phase 1 stage of easing lockdown.
To support service managers and commissioning bodies with remobilisation plans for respite care, we have collated relevant national guidance and other information which we hope will be of some practical assistance. We are also compiling a set of case studies that illustrate different approaches being taken by providers to safely return to business. Further guidance and information will be added as it becomes available.
Services must, of course, continue to operate within the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, and have regard to the latest national advice on COVID-19 . It is also important to work with the local authority and Health and Social Care Partnership to ensure plans tie in with local service remobilisation arrangements, and infection control measures.
If you have any questions about this page, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of these case studies is to illustrate the approaches taken by different organisations to ensure their short break services are able to operate safely as we enter and move through Phase 1 of easing lockdown. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach and each service will need to move at their own pace, and tailor procedures to their particular setting and circumstances.
- Back to Business Case Studies (version 4th July 2020) – Back to Business Case Studies – 5th July 2020 (PDF)
“The case studies have been particularly helpful and I’ve circulated them to our board and senior staff. I feel we now have a framework/roadmap for our own planning and I’m more confident than I was that we will be able to reopen our service (an after-school club for young people with complex disabilities).” Service Manager feedback
Restarting services: decision-making guide
A PowerPoint presentation to help short break providers determine how and when services can be safely restarted:
- Safely-Returning-to-Business-Decision-Guide-ver100720 (PowerPoint)
- Safely-Returning-to-Business-Decision-Guide-ver100720 (PDF)
[See also ‘International Resources’ (below) for link to ARCH guidelines on restarting services]
At the start of June we surveyed providers to find out what needs to be in place in order for them to resume their short breaks provision. We also asked about ‘top tips’ from those service managers who are already providing breaks.
- Back to Business Short Break Provider Survey – see results of the survey here
The following list contains links to national legislation, COVID-19 specific advice and guidance, as well as other useful resources. We have tried to signpost to information that is relevant to different respite care settings.
It is important that the most up-to-date guidance is used, therefore it is not recommended that PDFs are downloaded and printed off. Always access guidance online wherever possible and check regularly for any updated advice.
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- General & adult services
- COVID-19: Information and guidance for social community and residential care settings (Health Protection Scotland)
- Key measures for infection prevention and control: A guide for social care workers providing care in an individual’s home (SSSC)
- COVID-19 Guidance for non healthcare settings (Health Protection Scotland) – this guidance is to support those working in a range of settings outside of health and social care to give advice to their staff and users of their services about COVID-19
- General PPE
- General infection prevention & control
- National Infection Control Manual (Health Protection Scotland) – evidence based manual for Scotland, intended to be used by all those involved in care provision
- COVID-19 Phase 2: staying safe and protecting others (physical distancing) (Scottish Government)
- COVID-19: Contact tracing in complex settings: health protection team guidance (Health Protection Scotland)
- Care needs
- Care Inspectorate
- COVID 19 Care Inspectorate Notification Information (Care Inspectorate) – information for registered care services on COVID-19 notifications
- Children’s services
- COVID-19: Childminder services guidance (Scottish Government)
- COVID-19: Fully outdoor childcare providers guidance (Scottish Government)
- COVID-19: Re-opening schools guide (Scottish Government) – this contains useful guidance on physical distancing and infection control in schools, which may be relevant to other settings
- COVID-19: Physical distancing in education and childcare settings (Scottish Government)
- Using PPE in childcare settings
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— ScotGov Childcare (@ELCScotGov) May 15, 2020
- ARCH National Respite Network (USA) has published restarting services guidelines to assist providers, as well as family carers. This contains useful checklists, reference materials, and other practical resources, much of which is transferable. Please note any reference to legal or regulatory requirements will not apply here in the UK – ARCH-COVID_Respite_Guidelines (PDF)
- Preliminary Results of the Supporting Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Global Survey (Webinar) A total of 244 individuals from 17 different countries responded to the Supporting Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Global Survey. The purpose of the survey was to understand the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on respite care services and identify best practices for supporting caregivers during this time. (Hosted by BREAK Exchange & ARCH National Respite Network)
- Returning safely to the workplace – advice for employers (ACAS)
- COVID-19: Test and Protect – advice for employers (Scottish Government)
- COVID-19: additional costs – advice for service providers on the additional costs that may be incurred during the COVID-19 period (CCPS)
- How to wear and make a face covering (UK government)
- Parent Club – latest information for families on COVID-19, physical distancing and play
- National Carer Organisations carer briefing on PPE
- National Carer Organisations carer briefing on testing
- COVID-19: guidance on self-directed support (Scottish Government)
- Scottish Government route map through and out of crisis
- Short Breaks in Strange Times – a compendium of activities that can be done from home for people that are isolating or shielding
Online practitioner forums
- If you would be interested in joining our online forum for service managers of disabled children and young people short break services, please contact: email@example.com This peer support network provides a platform for service managers to exchange ideas and information. The group also meets (by Zoom at the moment) on a monthly basis to keep each other up-to-date.
- We are currently looking in to setting up a similar forum for service managers of adult and older people short break services. If you would be interested, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org