Coronavirus guidance on the use of face coverings in social care settings including adult care homes

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has published guidance on how and when to use face coverings in social care settings, including adult care homes, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Topics covered include:

  • how face masks fit within wider hygiene and safety measures
  • guidance for staff providing direct care
  • guidance for staff in non-direct care roles
  • guidance for visiting health and social care staff
  • guidance for residents and visitors
  • specific guidance for care in an individual’s home
  • guidance for adult social care day services
  • the difference between fluid resistant surgical masks (FRSM) and face coverings, and who should wear each one
  • when you can remove a FRSM or face covering during your shift
  • when an adult care home resident should wear an FRSM
  • wearing masks when outdoors

It also includes links to other relevant guidance and resources.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Staff who work in the social care sector, visiting professionals, social care residents and service users, and their family and friends.

How long does this take?

It will take around 20 minutes to read the guidance.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the guidance.

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