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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for care at home, housing support and supported housing

Last updated: 24 Jan 2022 - see all updates
Published: 6 Aug 2020

Guidance for local authorities, Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) and registered providers, who deliver care and support to people in their own homes or provide supported accommodation including sheltered housing, extra care housing and supported living during the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for care at home, housing support and supported housing
December 2021 update: letters have been issued to the care at home and supported housing sector through December 2021 and January 2022 highlighting measures that should be taken to minimise the risk of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. The most recent updates have been to inform staff on policies related to self-isolation. The guidance contained within these letters are summarised in one guidance page.



This purpose of this guidance is to provide clarity on the measures that should continue to be taken to limit the risk of transmission, when providing care and support to individuals (who may still be more vulnerable to COVID-19) within:

  • the community
  • their own home
  • supported housing

Another purpose of this guidance is to clarify that people living in supported housing settings and any visitors are currently subject to the same rules and should follow the same guidance as the general public.

The guidance also provides links to further guidance for providing care and support, and using communal spaces in supported housing settings, some of which will still be mandated for health and social care providers.

It remains possible that the picture may change yet again, leading to either greater freedoms or specific concerns. If this happens, further advice will be issued.

First published: 6 Aug 2020 Last updated: 24 Jan 2022 -