Guidance

Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for providers of supported living settings.

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The visiting section of this guidance has been updated in line with the government’s roadmap. The updates clarify visiting arrangements and highlight how lateral flow testing for people being supported and visitors can aid visits in and out of the accommodation.

This guidance sets out:

  • key messages to assist with planning and preparation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic so that local procedures can be put in place to minimise risk and provide the best possible support to people in supported living settings
  • safe systems of working including, social distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning
  • how infection prevention and control (IPC) and personal protective equipment (PPE) applies to supported living settings

The easy read version is under review. Refer to the main guidance for the latest advice.

Published 6 August 2020
Last updated 22 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'COVID-19: guidance for supported living' to reflect the availability of self-testing for visitors.

  2. Updated 'COVID-19: guidance for supported living' to replace the 'Visitors and support bubbles' section with the new 'Visits in and out of supported living settings' section.

  3. Added a new document: 'Working with people in supported living this winter'.

  4. Updated to reflect that if you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days. For people in supported living arrangements, this 10-day period should increase to 14 days based on a risk assessment if the setting is considered high risk.

  5. Updated guidance to reference the new national lockdown.

  6. This guidance has now been amended in line with updated advice on local restriction tiers and required isolation periods.

  7. Updated to reflect that the 14-day isolation period is now 10 days.

  8. Added easy read version of the guidance.

  9. Added note that this guidance will be updated soon and directed users to guidance updated due to the 2 December tier system.

  10. Added note that this guidance will be updated soon and directed users to guidance updated due to the 5 November national lockdown.

  11. Added COVID-19: guidance for supported living: easy read.

  12. Added COVID-19: guidance for supported living: easy read.

  13. First published.