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Good Practice Resource Guide:
Engagement, Activity and Social Distancing

The challenge:

How do we isolate people from each other to keep them well, without making them lonely?
This guide is grounded in the principles of person centred care and is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emotional and physical wellbeing of those with care and support needs and those who care for them must be our absolute priority at this time. The provision of activity is not the sole responsibility of one person however, the whole home can be fully involved in an activity and engagement-based model of care.

The advice from government for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines:

1. Follow current guidelines on self-isolation.
2. Wash hands more often than usual and for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose. Throw away tissues immediately after use, then wash hands or use hand sanitising gel.
3. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps we can take to reduce social interaction between people to help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) e.g.
• Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
• Avoid non-essential use of public transport
• Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
• Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together
• Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
• Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Thanks to Park View Care Home for allowing us to share this video of their outdoor exercise session. Click the link below to see the video:

Perfect example of activity & engagement whilst maintaining a safe social distance

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