COVID-19 guide for drug and alcohol residential rehab and detox services

Social Care Institute for Excellence
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This guide, produced in collaboration with Public Health England and the residential rehabilitation sector, provides specific information for all residential detoxification and rehabilitation services dealing with COVID-19. The health risks for people using these services can be particularly acute and severe if treatment is not effective – the risks from COVID-19 have to be carefully balanced against other health risks people may face, including any risks to people’s mental health. The guide looks at various aspects of life and work in residential detox and rehab settings, including admissions and isolation periods; testing; social distancing; self-isolation; shielding; infection control; personal protective equipment; and visitors and social contact. A key assumption underpinning this guide is that at least some impacts of the pandemic will continue for some time to come, and therefore the sector will need to make lasting adjustments to some practices and procedures. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Covid-19, infection control, alcohol misuse, drug misuse, substance misuse, detoxification, rehabilitation, residential care;
Content type:
practice guidance
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