With the continuing and evolving situation on coronavirus, we’ve put together our own checklist from what we are doing in the business to help those of you who help someone else.
As we all know, if you are worried that you or someone you look after may be at risk, call NHS 111. When you call, let them know that you are a carer. The NHS have also set up direct guidance through an online helpline – if you don’t have the web address https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Dialling 111 is the same whether you live in England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales
What else should we be thinking of doing:
- How do we ensure we can continue to provide our service if we have a lot of people who cannot come to work – we have a contingency plan. If you become poorly or need to self-isolate, have you talked with other family members, close neighbours or trusted friends to provide cover? Now is a good time because the critical role you provide will not suddenly stop.
- Write out a list for you and all you care for including
- contact details of key support and medical support professionals
- medication taken including schedule of what needs to be taken when and how
- details of any ongoing treatment
- repeat prescriptions and collection. Does your local pharmacy offer a repeat prescription delivery service?
- Involve other family members to share the responsibility
- Contact your local Social services/Care service provider to find out what emergency service support they might be able to offer you. In some areas, there is an emergency care scheme which you can register for, as a carer. They will help you create an ‘emergency’ plan.
- Use technology! If someone you care for lives a distance away, and you cannot get to them – what ways can you keep in touch to reassure you and them, they are not alone. There are a wide range of apps and devices available that can make keeping in touch and coordinating care among friends and family for the person you are looking after easier.
- Heating and light control
- Door entry system
- Special phones to help those hard of hearing or with memory loss
- Personal alrm/falls monitor
- Digital medication reminder
Giving you peace of mind when you cannot be around.
Keep well, keep safe