During the coronavirus pandemic, media reports concerning infection control in care homes, have led to an understandable loss of public confidence in the safety of elderly residential care.

Whereas the most frequently asked question on the Autumna advice lines was once: “Where’s the best care home near me?” this was superseded by the questions, “Are there any safe care homes near me?” and “How can I find a safe care home for my elderly relative?”

The public needs evidence of S.A.F.E. practices in care homes. So, we have launched S.A.F.E. (Symptom Assessment for Everyone).

We believe that if public confidence in the residential elderly care sector is to be restored, then care homes will need to show that they are doing everything possible, going forwards, to take control of, and eradicate, any infection outbreaks.

This is not about whether a care home is, or is not, COVID-free or has or has not had the coronavirus. It’s about being transparent and publishing details about the infection control practices in a home that will help people make informed choice when it comes to later life care.

This is phase 1 of the S.A.F.E. campaign.

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