If you are a personal care assistant for someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, has a defined underlying health condition or is of advanced age (85+) you should access weekly, self-use COVID-19 home testing kits. This care could include support in the home or care provided in community settings.
Regular testing of people without symptoms is a useful way to identify positive COVID-19 cases early and reduce the risk of onward transmission but it does not replace the need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow COVID safe working practices.
The weekly symptom-free testing service is for personal care assistants (the employee) only and not for the people receiving care. A useful at-a-glance guide to the testing process for personal assistants has been produced to support employees and employers.