Coronavirus guidance for carers
COVID-19 is a challenge for all carers. Here are some tips to help you look after yourself and your loved ones.
- Use trustworthy and reliable sources like the national advice to keep up to date on the latest guidance. We will also regularly update our website to keep you informed of changes in our services.
- If you are worried that you or someone you look after may be at risk, visit NHS 111 website. If your symptoms become severe, call 111 and let them know you are a carer.
- Make a plan for if you become unwell yourself. The charity Carers UK has excellent advice on how to create a contingency plan, including planning for an emergency and asking others for help.
- It is a good idea to let your GP or medical professional know that you are a carer. Carers UK has useful guidelines on this. You should also let your Local Authority know that you are a carer if you have to self-isolate.
- It is important that everyone follows good hand hygiene and stays away from services if they are unwell. If you can’t visit your loved one in hospital, you can still ask for updates.
- Stay connected - It important to stay connected with others, even if digitally.
- Look after your own health and wellbeing. Mind has put together useful resources for people who need to stay at home.
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