Caring During Covid-19

Staying Safe While Caring

Reducing the risk of spreading and contracting the virus.

There are three main points to think about when trying to reduce to risk of spreading and contracting the virus:

1. Stay home where possible, only go out when essential
(caring for someone is understood as essential)

2. Know and be able to recognise symptoms, check your symptoms >> CLICK HERE <<
3. Always follow guidance (washing hands, social distancing)

For more detailed information, visit the links below:

>> NHSINFORM << AND >> GOV.SCOT <<

Shielding Those Who Are Deemed High Risk

>> CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST <<

Those who have been identified as ‘high risk’ have been asked to self isolated for a period of three months, in order to minimise the risk of them contracting the virus. This may or may not include the people you may be caring for, if this is the case, the instructions are very clear and they MUST stay at home at all times and avoid face to face contact with people, except from you as their carer and any health/social care workers who are providing essential care. For more detailed information regarding this click links below.

>> NHSINFORM << AND >> GOV.SCOT <<

Preparing For An Emergency

In the event that you as their carer experience symptoms of the virus, you must stop all contact with the person you care for. We understand this may make the person you care for highly vulnerable; however, the Government has set up a dedicated helpline for vulnerable people who require additional care. More locally in North Lanarkshire, depending on which area you live, a number of ‘Community Response Teams’ have been set up to help people who are vulnerable >> CLICK HERE << to find out more about this and see contact details of these teams.

In order to prepare for the unfortunate scenario of you, the carer, becoming unwell, we highly recommend that you consider preparing an emergency plan if you do not already have one. This allows you to ensure information about the person you care for is readily available in the event that someone else has to step in to help out. Furthermore please  >> CLICK HERE << to download a copy of the Emergency Planning Toolkit developed by Enable Scotland. If you would like a copy of this posted to you, please get in touch with us and we can get it to you.

Managing Anxiety

We know that carers are experiencing enormous pressures right now, continuing to play the vital role of being in charge of someone else’s welfare whilst trying to keep yourself and the person you care as safe as you can. Carers are balancing even more responsibilities during this time but it is so important that you can seek help to manage your own wellbeing in order for you to continue caring. Many organisations have taken note of the impact of coronavirus on the whole population and have prepared useful information and resources for us all to help us manage our thoughts and feelings during this unprecedented time.

NHS Inform have prepared some steps you can take to manage stress/anxiety:

Use trusted sources for information and avoid constant use of social media.

Please remember GPs and other NHS staff are extremely busy just now. Sites such as www.nhsinform.scot and www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk have lots of self-help tips about managing anxiety and low mood.

Other Helpful Websites To Support Your Wellbeing

Please click on the logos below to visit their websites:

Impacts On Benefits/Finances

Carers Allowance

In order to claim carers allowance, the person you care for must be claiming a qualifying benefit such as:

  • Personal Independence Payment – daily living component
  • Disability Living Allowance – the middle or highest care rate
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

To entitle you to carers allowance of £66.15 per week, you must also be caring for 35 hours per week and earning less than £123 per week (after tax). If you wish to make a new claim for carers allowance, please >> CLICK HERE <<

Covid-19 Changes To Carers Allowance

As of 30th March – your carers allowance payment will not be affected if you temporarily stop caring for someone as a result of coronavirus. The government has also confirmed that providing ‘emotional support’ will count towards the 35 hours needed to claim the benefit. This applies to carers who live in a different household from the disabled person and whose only contact with them is now going to be in the form of emotional support via the telephone and social media.

For information on how other benefits may be affected, visit this link for Carers UK, A-Z of changes >> CLICK HERE <<

Benefit Reviews And Assessments Postponed

North Lanarkshire Financial Inclusion Team

The North Lanarkshire Financial Inclusion team are still available to be contacted for advice on benefits, please contact 01698 332551 or visit the link for more information.

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15678

Changes To Services

Following the recent situation, some of North Lanarkshire Council services have changed, some of these changes may affect you or the person you care for. For a detailed report on these changes, click the links below.

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=34892

https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=34904

Accessing Carer Support

Carers have told us that having access to support during this time is vital, particularly with practical help and emotional support as this is proving a very stressful time for carers. If you live in North or South Lanarkshire, you can still access support as a carer via the Lanarkshire Carers Centre. They have been doing lots of work to ensure Carer Support Workers can still support carers in need including; carrying out carer support groups online and continuing to offer fantastic training opportunities virtually. Visit their website to find out the support they are offering and how to access this if you need it:

https://prtlcc.org.uk/

Parent Carers

The recent measures taken by the government of closing schools and nurseries to control the spread of Covid-19 will be challenging for a lot of families, particularly parent carers who are caring for children with additional support needs. The key guidelines recommended by the Government are as follows:

1) Wherever possible, children should be at home.

2) Specific support will be provided for children who need specialist support, who are vulnerable or who have a parent who is a critical worker.

3) Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

4) Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.

5) Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

We understand that with schools closing managing children at home everyday will prove stressful and out with family routines and so we have collected a number of resources prepared by some of our key partners and we hope you find them useful during this time. If you are looking for more specific information related to your personal circumstances, please get in touch with our Carer Information and Engagement Team and they will be happy to help with this.

 

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