Why don’t you try? : Find guidance on caring during the COVID pandemic
Advice on caring for someone you don’t live with
We know that many people provide care and support to an older person they don’t live with. The pandemic has made providing care and support more challenging.
Can I still provide care for someone in their home if I don’t live with them?
If you provide care that requires you to go into someone’s home & perhaps you help them to get out of bed, move around their house, take their medication, or get dressed & then you can carry on doing this.
But, if you do so, you have to follow simple hygiene steps to protect the person you care for. These include:
* washing your hands when you arrive and often during your visit, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
* catching any sneezes in a tissue and dispose of it straight away
* if you do need to cough you should cough into the crook of your elbow
* consider wearing a face covering if it’s possible for you and the person you are caring for.
If you or the person you care for lives alone or in a singled-adult household, you can form a support bubble with each other. This can make caring easier as it means you can spend time in the house of the person you care for without needing to socially distance.
If you are in an area where lockdown restrictions are in place, it means you would be able to stay at one another’s houses and travel together.
You’re only allowed to form one support bubble with another household and once you have formed a support bubble you cannot change who is in the bubble.
If the person you care for lives in a supported living setting, you should talk to the person you care for and the supported living provider to arrange how you can continue to provide this care.
Can I still provide care if I have symptoms or I’m self-isolating?
If you feel unwell, have any symptoms of coronavirus or are self-isolating for another reason (for example you’ve been advised to by NHS Test and Trace) you shouldn’t carry on providing any care or support.
If this does happen, you should look at your emergency contingency plan if you have one and notify another family member, friend, trusted neighbour or local community support group who would be able to step in and help.
If those options aren’t available or appropriate, you can contact your local council or health care provider.
If you do not know how to do this, you can contact NHS 111.
It may also be helpful to contact your local carers support organisation. You can find out about local carer organisations at Carers UK.
Can I still provide care if the person I care for has symptoms or is self-isolating?
If the person you care for has symptoms of coronavirus, you can carry on caring as long as you are not considered ‘clinically vulnerable’ or ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and originally told you should ‘shield’.
If this is the case, you should where possible ask friends and family who can support you in providing care to step in. If there is no other option available, you should make sure you distance yourself where possible from the person you care for while they are displaying symptoms and follow guidance in staying safe as much as possible.
Can I help with someone else’s cleaning or shopping?
If you help someone with their cleaning, or you usually do the shopping or pick up essential supplies then you can carry on doing so. In local lockdown areas, you’re still allowed to go into someone else’s home to provide essential care or assistance to a vulnerable person.
Try to make sure you still take precautions to keep the person you’re supporting and yourself safe. These could include:
Ensuring you wash your hands when you arrive & for at least 20 seconds with soap and water & and then regularly during your visit.
* Try to keep a 2 metre distance from anyone else at all times & perhaps you could ask the person you support to stay in one room whilst you clean or unload the shopping?
* You could also buy some new cleaning products or use what the person already has, as bringing your own can increase the risk of spreading the virus from home to home.
* Make sure any surfaces you touch are wiped down clean.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Look at how you can adapt your routine and see what is still available in your area via social distancing or online platforms, Plan your week ahead and look at how you can adapt your routine or overcome barriers you may face, Take some respite care time for yourself or the one you care for if required,
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