Johnson Care Group Ltd strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. This policy outlines our overall response to a pandemic influenza outbreak and our emergency preparedness and business continuity plan. It outlines specific steps the Company will take to safeguard employees' health and well-being during a flu pandemic while ensuring the Company maintains essential operations and continues providing essential services to our residents. In addition, it provides guidance on how we intend to respond to specific operational and human resource issues in the event of a flu pandemic.
This policy also provides a planned response to a flu pandemic with clearly described roles and responsibilities across the Company, such that in the event of a serious outbreak, the Company can coordinate and manage a safe and effective response to the demands such an incident will have on staff and visitors whilst protecting and maintaining core services.
The Company's Policy on 'Pandemic Flu' can be downloaded from the following link:
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance to Care Home
A UK Government Issue
The government has issued guidance to care homes on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, saying facemasks do not need to be worn in residential settings.
The Department of Health has said care workers do not need to wear facemasks, stating they 'only need to be worn by infected individuals when advised by a healthcare worker, to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to other people'.
The guidance adds that it ‘remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home or the community will become infected’.
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the best way to reduce any risk of infection for anyone is good hygiene and avoiding direct or close contact (within 2 metres) with any potentially infected person.
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Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.