Find the latest information and advice about Coronavirus in West Sussex.
Mencap has developed resources to help plan daily and weekly activities to support people to stay busy at home.
Gig Buddies, a charity for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, has compiled ideas and activities for things to do at home during COVID-19.
West Sussex young adults have developed a virtual short breaks offer and helpful information and activities.
Sussex NHS Commissioners has created a short video for people a learning disability or their family and friend carers explaining what it will be like if they need to see a doctor during the pandemic.
New government guidance has been published for care workers and personal assistants who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and adults with autism during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance helps care staff:
Sussex NHS Commissioners has produced a flowchart for health and social care staff supporting people with learning disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People with learning disabilities remain at increased risk from COVID-19 and many have been shielding. The government has said that people who have been shielded can now leave their homes if they wish, as long as they maintain strict social distancing.
If you have been supporting somebody to shield, then any changes to this must be risk assessed on an individual basis. For those at the greatest risk, NHS staff from community learning disability teams will contact you to support this process.
Where a person is unable to make their own decision and you are applying Principle 4 of the Mental Capacity Act. You will need to consult with others if you are considering changes in shielding practices under the principle of best interest. Care plans should then be updated with any changes made.
Sussex Health and Care Partnership has developed a resource pack to support people aged over 70 in isolation. It includes a home environment checklist, useful contact details, tips and hints about eating and exercises to support strength and balance.
Hard copies of the pack can be ordered via email from email@example.com.
The West Sussex Wellbeing website has a range of information focusing on COVID 19, including a section on Information on general health and wellbeing for older people.
The Alzheimer’s Society has a range of resources and help available to support people living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have also produced guidance on supporting people living with dementia during bereavement.
Alzheimer’s Society helpline: 0333 150 3456 .
There are many examples of transparent masks to help with lip reading that can obtained through online suppliers.
The charity SignHealth provides British Sign Language (BSL) videos of guidance published by the NHS.
SignHealth and Interpreter Now have launched BSL Health Access. This is a free service providing on demand access to a BSL interpreter for Deaf people in health settings.
You can find out more about BSL Health Access on their website. This free interpreting service has been set up in response to COVID-19.
Designed to improve communication through the PPE barrier, the flashcards are available in different languages and help COVID-19 patients understand hospital staff. To find out more visit the Cardmedic website.
There are communication boards now available for used during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) has increased support and services to ensure blind and partially sighted people get the information they need. Anyone who needs support and advice can call the helpline by phone on 0303 123 9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RNIB’s helpline has extended its opening hours. It is now open on weekdays from 8am to 8pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.
Social Care Institute for Excellence has developed a guide which includes information, resources and ideas that you can use and share with the people you support. This provides a wide range of information including:
There is also government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. This is for situations where the person is living at home, with or without additional support, and also people living in long-term care facilities.
Further government guidance and information is available about supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing.
There are a number of helplines available to support people with their mental health which would be particularly useful for people who are isolated or vulnerable.
Cruse Bereavement Care has developed resources on how bereavement and grief may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
At a Loss.org has information and advice to support people who are bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic, including ideas to help people feel less isolated, supporting someone who has been bereaved, advice on funerals and memorials, supporting children, and useful contacts.
A guide to online resources for 'Maintaining activities for older adults during COVID-19'has been developed by the Health Innovation Network.
The National Activity Providers Association has developed a good practice resource guide for engagement, activity and social distancing. The guide includes ideas and tools to engage people whilst following guidelines on social distancing. Please note this site works best when opened in Chrome.
The West Sussex online library also has a wide range of resources and useful information including:
There is also a dedicated section specifically for care homes which includes resources such as:
The Department of Health and Social Care has issued MCA and DoLS COVID-19 guidance. This reflects changes required during the pandemic and applies to those caring for adults who lack the mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment.
Whilst the principles of the MCA and the safeguards provided by DoLS still apply there are some key areas to highlight.
There is a new, shorter application form which can be used for urgent DoLS authorisations – Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards form 1B (Covid-19).
Mental Capacity, Best Interests Decisions and Deprivation of Liberty: A Guide for Managers of Care Homes and Hospitals - West Sussex County Council guidance.
The Social Care Institute for Excellence has produced guidance on the implications for the MCA during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CQC has produced guidance on working within the Mental Capacity Act during the coronavirus pandemic. This highlights issues to consider when thinking about care and treatment that might involve restrictions because of COVID-19.
The West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) website provides information and guidance on safeguarding, for providers and the public.
The board has collated useful links on COVID-19 from government, health and local organisations.
The SAB website also includes general safeguarding policies and procedures.