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Adult Social Care Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) Guidance

Adult social care providers should adhere to the relevant Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) guidance:

National guidance is subject to regular change; any summary information contained on local webpages will be superseded by any national guidance changes and updates.

Adult social care providers should ensure they are working in accordance with the relevant national guidance at all times. 

Further information


From 1 April 2024 the following key changes will come into effect 

  • LFD testing of asymptomatic individuals being discharged from hospitals to care homes is no longer required, unless a local risk assessment specifies otherwise.
  • The care home LFD test kit order portal will no longer be operational.
  • In the event of a suspected outbreak, UKHSA will advise a care home if PCR testing is required and will support with organising access to testing. 

The guidance has being strengthened to support care home with visiting arrangements.


The IPC guidance for managing Acute Respitory Infections (ARI’s) contains information on:

  • Symptoms of ARI’s.
  • How to be prepared for ARI’s.
  • Recognising, monitoring and escalating worsening symptoms of ARI.
  • The required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) based on the circumstances.
  • How to support people with symptoms of an ARI.
  • How to support people who test positive for an ARI.
  • How to support staff with symptoms of an ARI.
  • How to support staff who test positive for COVID-19.
  • Defining and identifying an outbreak.
  • Outbreak control measures.
  • Care home admissions.
  • Encouraging and facilitating visiting.

Useful links

Adult social care providers may also find the following information / links useful:

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