Guidance

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Documents

Personal protective equipment (PPE): a resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) in England

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Putting on PPE for home carers

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Taking off PPE for home carers

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This resource is primarily for care workers and providers delivering care in the following settings:

  • visiting homecare
  • extra care housing
  • live-in homecare

It provides guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK, and explains how PPE guidance applies to the homecare (domiciliary care) setting.

There are guides for:

  • putting on PPE for home carers
  • taking off PPE for home carers

These instruction sheets should be used alongside the video guide to putting on and taking off PPE. Although the video is titled as being for workers in care homes, the content is just as relevant for home care. Watch the video.

Please note that this guidance is of a general nature and that an employer should consider the specific conditions of each individual place of work and comply with all applicable legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

There may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience. To see if country specific information is available, please refer to Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, or Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Published 27 April 2020
Last updated 20 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance to include recommendation for the use of face masks and coverings in social care settings.

  2. Updated 'Personal protective equipment (PPE): a resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) in England' document to provide important updates as set out on page 2.

  3. Updated Personal protective equipment (PPE): a resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) in England.

  4. Added guides for putting on and taking off personal protective equipment

  5. First published.