Support for Carers During Covid-19

Support for Carers During Covid-19

The current Covid-19 crisis can be particularly challenging for those Caring for a loved one, with many worrying about how they might cope.

If you care for or support someone who is 18 or over and vulnerable, disabled or with a health problem, and would like some advice or just a listening ear, our Community Navigation for Carers service can help.

Please contact us on 03000 810005 or email communitynavigation@involvekent.org.uk

Carers UK Coronavirus Guidance 

As the situation with coronavirus evolves, it’s important to know what support is available to you as a carer and those you look after.

Visit the Carers UK website to see the current government guidance as it relates to carers and offers suggestions for making plans. Our guidance also covers what you need to do to be prepared, including contingency planning, staying away from others, protecting someone you care for, if you have care workers or other home help, and information for working carers. We have also produced some tips on maintaining your mental wellbeing during these challenging times.

Guidance from Government
The Government has now updated its Guidance on staying at home during the Coronavirus outbreak to accommodate the needs of autistic people and people with learning disabilities:

“You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health – including if that involves travel beyond your local area – then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day – ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.

Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.”
 
You can keep up-to-date with official guidance on these dedicated Coronavirus pages:


 

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