Covid-19: Sheltered Schemes & Supported Housing

What we know so far

Who should read this and why?

  • All Executive Teams, Boards, Supported and Sheltered Housing Managers and Tenancy Enforcement Teams.
  • Sheltered Schemes and Supported Housing will play a key role in shielding groups at a higher risk from Covid-19.
  • On 19 March 2020, the Government published guidance on the ethical framework for adult social care for Covid-19 in addition to other guidance.

What should you consider doing?

  • Introducing urgent policies for controlling the spread of Covid-19 within Sheltered Schemes and Supported Housing.
  • Temporarily stopping or limited all non-essential visits from friends, family members and external organisations.
  • All visits to be by prior appointment and screening to ask if visitors have any symptoms or if they are part of a self-isolation due to a family member living with them and having symptoms.
  • Consider alternatives to visiting such as Skype and/or phone calls to keep in touch with residents.
  • Temporary closures of communal areas to avoid the spread of transmission.
  • Rotas or time slots for exercise for residents.
  • Increased cleaning of communal areas.
  • The use of personal protective equipment if required.

What must you continue doing?

  • Facilitate essential visits from medical specialists.
  • Carry out essential buildings maintenance were necessary.
  • Ensuring all staff and contractors are following all relevant guidance.
  • Ensuring staff members and contractors who are unwell and/or have had contact with someone who has the virus stay away from the scheme.

How to Enforce

  • Use of the full range of methods to combat breach of tenancy and ASB including meetings, warning letters, mediation, acceptable behaviour contracts, possession proceedings or injunctions.
  • Emergency legislation may limit the use of possession.

Contact us, we are here to help

If you have any questions please contact Tom Knox or Louise Murphy on the details provided below