Specific guidance for adult care homes
FRSMs must also be made available to all residents receiving direct care.
Residents in an adult care homes should wear a FRSM (unless exempt) when they are in communal spaces. Residents are not expected to wear a FRSM within their own living spaces such as bedrooms or personal toilets, unless they are receiving direct care or when they are unable to maintain 2 metre distancing. Residents should also wear a FRSM when being transferred or transported to hospital. Wearing of a FRSM within these settings may not always be possible and the guidance states: "if this can be tolerated and does not compromise care". Appropriate physical distancing and wider IPC measures are critical, with the use of FRSMs being a further line of defence.
It is recognised that some residents may require respite from wearing a FRSM for long periods of time. If so, they should be supported to do so whilst remaining within their living space or when seated in a communal area and more than 2 metres from all other residents. They should be encouraged to put on a new FRSM after a reasonable period of respite time. This should be decided on an individual case-by-case basis.
Staff are encouraged to engage in a discussion with residents as early as possible to promote the importance of using FRSMs and adhering to other COVID-19 control measures in order to reduce the risk of transmission.