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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for personal assistants

Advice for social care personal assistants on how to access and use PPE.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for personal assistants
General advice

General advice

Wash your hands using soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day and before and after providing any personal care. This is a key measure in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Assist the person you support with hand hygiene regularly particularly before and after meals and after toileting.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and dispose of them in the nearest waste bin after use. If you have no tissues to hand, you should cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Wash hands with soap and water afterwards.

Provide the person you support with tissues to catch coughs and sneezes.

Follow this general advice and physical distancing advice on NHS inform.

You should plan ahead for any scenario in which you may not be able to provide support for your employer .

Your local independent support organisation may be able to assist with emergency planning. Find a list  of support organisations in the further support section.