New tool for large-scale identification of COVID-19 risk groups

ESN partner Raisoft, in collaboration with interRAIhas developed and digitalised a tool to identify and assess particularly vulnerable social groups during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The interRAI COVID-19 Vulnerability Screener (CVS) is a quick, convenient tool to identify persons who may be especially vulnerable. The CVS consists of a self-assessment survey that adults and people with disabilities can use to identify the presence of COVID-19 symptoms, frailty, and major co-morbidities that may lead to increased mortality risks related to COVID-19.

This new CVS can be carried out either by a health care professional or by a lay person, over the phone or in-personA self-administered version of the CVS is also in development.

CVS can be used to:

  • Identify persons who need urgent care for emergency health concerns
  • Contact public health authorities for COVID-19 testing
  • Prioritise persons who require a full assessment by a clinician
  • Monitor risks related to underlying medical issues, functional problems, distress mood, or social isolation.

The tool will soon be offered to national healthcare providers and professionals with responsibility for public health. InterRAI has engaged collaborators in Canada, South Africa and Europe to begin using the CVS in primary care, geriatric services, and community care programmes to reach out to vulnerable persons living in the community.

More detailed information about the CVS and how it works can be found at this link.

European Social Services Conference postponed to 2021

Taking into account the impact that Covid-19 is having on the organisation of the 28th European Social Services Conference planned in Hamburg on 8 -10 July 2020 and particularly considering that large events and social gatherings have been banned in Germany until 31 August 2020, it is with great regret that we have to postpone the Conference to 30 June – 2 July 2021.

However, the conference’s theme ‘Transforming community care’ is more relevant than ever in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis on health and social services and local communities across Europe. We are very happy to confirm that the Hamburg government and the German federal ministry will continue to support ESN as key partners for the conference.

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