Autism: Care Homes

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th August 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue updated guidance to residential homes on caring for autistic adults as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 14 July 2020

We recognise the particular challenges autistic people and their families are facing at this time, due to the impact of social distancing measures and disruption to their usual activities.

Throughout this pandemic it has been our priority to protect care home staff and residents. All our guidance is designed with care users in mind, to ensure that individuals are treated with dignity and respect and that their particular needs are addressed.

On 19 June, we published our updated guidance for care homes, which includes information on testing for residents and staff, and isolation procedures. On 22 July 2020 the Government published updated guidance on visiting arrangements for care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is applicable to all nursing and care homes and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus.

We keep our policies under continuous review based on the emerging international and domestic evidence.

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