Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care guidance

Information for the adult social care sector on responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

This page brings together coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance published by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) for the adult social care sector and other relevant guidance.

Read the government’s adult social care action plan for supporting the sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

See the PHE document collection Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for guidance issued to the public, health professionals and on other non-clinical settings.

Providing and receiving care

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes
  2. Visiting care homes during coronavirus
  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care
  4. Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes
  5. Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements
  6. Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care
  7. Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)
  8. COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults
  9. Coronavirus (COVID-19): reuse of medicines in a care home or hospice
  10. Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
  11. Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity
  12. Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) plan
  13. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) illustrated guide for community and social care settings
  14. COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes
  15. COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England
  16. COVID-19: guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings
  17. COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Buying care and support through direct payments

Unpaid carers


Planning care

Other relevant guidance

Published 15 April 2020
Last updated 27 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added 'COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care'.

  2. Added 'COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes' guidance.

  3. First published.