What should a care worker visiting your home wear?

The Governments resource outlines personal protective equipment (PPE) advice for health and social care workers working in the community.
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Be reassured that the support workers visiting your homes to help look after you or those you care for are wearing the correct PPE.

Social care workers in the community should ensure they wear the correct PPE.

Below are common scenarios you might encounter with a social care worker:

  • Personal care involving being touched by the care worker
  • When they are within 2 metres of you and you have a cough
  • When you are within 2 metres of the care worker but they are not touching you
  • If you are shielding

The advice for the care worker is:

Personal care involving touching the person you are caring for:

  • Apron
  • Gloves
  • Fluid repellent Type IIR
  • Surgical mask
  • Eye protection, either a visor or goggles, can be used (prescription gasses are not eye protection) subject to risk assessment such as if the person has a cough
  • This PPE also applies if the person is shielding

When you are within 2 metres of anyone who has a cough (whether you are caring for them or not):

  • Apron
  • Gloves
  • Fluid repellent Type
  • IIR surgical mask
  • Eye protection, either a visor or goggles, can be used (prescription glasses are not eye protection), subject to risk assessment
  • This PPE also applies if the person is shielding

When you are within 2 metres of the individual being cared for (for whatever reason) but not touching them

  • Type II surgical mask
  • No apron and gloves required (unless you would normally use them for the task you are doing)

When you are caring for a person who is shielding

You need to follow the advice in scenarios 1 and 2 when you are giving personal care or within 2 metres. When you are 2 metres of more away but in the home or living premises of someone shielding then you need to wear the following items.

  • Type I or Type II surgical mask
  • Gloves
  • Apron
  • No eye protection is required

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