Coronavirus advice for informal carers
We know that there are many members of our community who are informal carers for family members and loved ones.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimise the risk to them and to you as a carer:
- Wash your hands on arrival and often, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitiser.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
- Give them information about who they should call if they feel unwell, how to use NHS 111 online coronavirus service, and leave the number for NHS 111 prominently displayed.
- Find out about different sources of support that could be used. Advice on creating a contingency plan is available from Carers UK.
- Make sure to also look after your own wellbeing and physical health during this time.
- Do not visit if you are unwell. Make alternative arrangements for their care.
This is a difficult time for all of us, but for those with caring roles the pressures and anxiety may be increased.
If you have concerns around the sustainability of your role as a carer, or concerns about any additional support you may need, please contact us:
Phone: 01642 065070 (Option 1) or 01642 726004 (Option 1).
You can also find guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family on GOV.UK.
Supporting older people with Dual Sensory Impairment
Dual Sensory Impairment (DSI) means hearing impairment and visual impairment. Charity Hi Vis has produced help guides for those supporting or caring for an older person with DSI during the coronavirus outbreak: