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Social Care Institute for Excellence. (2020) COVID-19 guide for drug and alcohol residential rehab and detox services. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence.

URL: https://www.scie.org.uk/care-providers/coronavirus...

What is a residential rehabilitation or detoxification service?
Residential rehabilitation services and detoxification services for people tackling drug and alcohol dependence operate very differently from traditional care settings. They are classified as healthcare services by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and people’s stays in them are generally time-limited, and based around a planned programme of treatment and/or rehabilitation from addiction. While detox and rehab settings face many of the same challenges as more typical care settings, the expectations and ways of working in traditional care homes that relate to the COVID-19 pandemic – for example 14 days’ isolation for new residents - can cause real problems to people’s treatment programmes, and can heighten the risks of detox or rehab not working. The health risks for people using detox or rehab centres can be particularly acute and severe if treatment is not effective, and so 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

This guide, produced with the close involvement of Public Health England, residential services, and their membership bodies in the sector, aims to provide specific and useful information for all residential detox and rehab services dealing with COVID-19. It looks at various aspects of life and work in residential detox and rehab settings, and works on the presumption 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. This guide, produced with the close involvement of Public Health England, residential services, and their membership bodies in the sector, aims to provide specific and useful information for all residential detox and rehab services dealing with COVID-19. It looks at various aspects of life and work in residential detox and rehab settings, and works on the presumption 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….


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