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How do I protect someone I care for?
Even if you are not showing symptoms, it is important to continue observing the social distancing rules, avoiding non-essential contact with others. Continue taking every precaution necessary for those at highest risk.
Also make sure you keep following the hygiene and infection control guidelines.
If you live with those you care for
If you think you’ve been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, take extra precautions and check if you have symptoms using the coronavirus helpline symptom checker.
You can also book a test for yourself or on behalf of someone else if you have symptoms. If you or someone you care for is shielding, you are still advised to stay at home as much as possible, keeping any outings to a minimum. You can also go out with members of your household.
In addition, if you haven’t already, start putting in place contingency measures to support the person you care for.
If you do not live with those you care for
You can visit a clinically vulnerable person inside their home, if you are providing essential care or assistance to them and taking extra precautions. The government strongly recommends the use of Personal Protective Equipment if you are caring for someone you don’t live with.
If necessary, make plans for alternative face-to-face care for the person you care for, for example by calling on trusted neighbours, friends or family members. You could also find out what local support is available where they live to see what kind of support intervention could be arranged.
We suggest you keep in regular contact over the phone, through email or through video calls. Also consider sending cards or letters & this can be a personal and meaningful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them even if you can’t be with them.
You could plan to watch films or programmes at the same time, and then get together remotely by telephone or social media to discuss them. Many people are also keeping in touch by setting up group chats or playing online games together.
If online communication isn’t possible, never underestimate the value of a regular phone call to offer vital social contact and support. If you are in a single adult household or live alone, you may be able to benefit from a ‘support bubble’ / ‘extended household’. This measure has been introduced to support people who are lonely or cut off from others.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Try to distract your anxious thoughts, start a new hobby/activity with your loved one or start an online course, Speak to your loved one about your concerns or book a video call with Bridgit Care Coach Session, Create an emergency plan so you and others are aware what to do in an emergency,
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