As the coronavirus pandemic escalates, it is vital that you know all of the support and guidance that is available to you a carer and the people you care for at a time where social distancing and isolation is necessary.
If you are worried about someone who is at high risk and needs constant care or urgent medical help or you are worried you have contracted the virus yourself, visit the NHS’ 111 coronavirus online service or alternatively call the 111 helpline.
It is important that you make sure you inform them that you are a carer.
What Can you do as a carer to stay safe
- Being prepared
If you think you need to continue with your care service, make sure you have a plan in place that will help you, should you come across any problems in the coming weeks and months. This is also a good idea so that you can make additional arrangements and liaise with people that could be of help to you during this time.
- How do I protect someone I care for?
There are a number of symptoms of the virus, similar to a common cold or flu. It is important to know what they are so that you can make arrangements around your work.
- A new continuous cough
- Respiratory problems
- A fever
How can you avoid catching the virus?
Wash your hands – Any time you come into contact with a person, enter a new place or touch a surface, you must wash your hands properly with soap and water or alternatively carry a hand sanitiser gel.
You can buy hand sanitisers that can kill the coronavirus delivered online to avoid making any unnecessary journeys out and to help to with social distancing that has been put in place by the government.
Social distancing – Avoid any unnecessary contact with people this means staying about two meters away from people in public spaces, especially those with symptoms, however mild they may be.
If you live with those you care for
It is advised that you protect yourself and the people around you by following guidelines set out by the government and the world health organisation.
If you live with those you care for it is important that you make sure that you are regularly checking their symptoms you can do this by following the NHS’s symptom checker.
If you have to come into close contact with the people you care for you must make sure you use appropriate safety precautions such as gloves and a mask etc.
You must also make sure you have an emergency plan in place if the symptoms of the person you are caring for requires immediate medical attention.
If you have carers as extra support
If you hire a carer to come in for additional support for the person you are caring for, you should contact their employer or agency to see if they have put into place any new measures as a result of the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.
Make sure the carer does not have any symptoms themself. If they do, contact their employer and do not let them work.
Make sure your carer follows all of the precautions if the service stands as normal.
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