Support and advice is being offered to Middlesbrough's army of 'informal carers'.
They're the local heroes who care for family members and loved ones, often on a voluntary basis.
Middlesbrough Council's Adult Social Care Department this week issued key advice to help them stay safe and healthy during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.
The guidance includes:
- Hand washing - on arrival and often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Covering mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Providing information on how to use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service and leaving the NHS 111 number prominently displayed
- Finding out about different sources of support available, including from Carers UK
- Looking after their own well-being and physical health
- Making alternative arrangements for care if unwell
Erik Scollay, Middlesbrough Council's Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration, said: "We know there are many members of our community who are informal carers for family members and loved ones, and they will understandably be concerned about the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
"There are a number simple steps they can take to minimise the risk to themselves and those they care for, and we're here to help if needed.
"It's a difficult time for all of us, but by working together, taking sensible precautions and heeding the latest advice, we will come through this."
Anyone who has concerns over the sustainability of their role as a carer or who would like information about additional support can contact Middlesbrough Council's Adult Access Team at AdultAccessTeam@Middlesbrough.gov.uk or call 01642 065070 (Option 1) or 01642 726004 (Option 1).