What do I need to do now?
Being prepared for emergencies is always a good idea as a carer, and even more so at the moment. It helps to think about things like which family members, friends and neighbours could help in an emergency. A key resource for being prepared is an Emergency Planning Form.
The Lions Club Message in a Bottle is a scheme where you store important information in a bottle in your fridge. You display one sticker on the inside of your front door and one on the fridge and emergency professionals know to look for them. If you would like one, contact our Carers Information Centre on 0303 040 1234.
Let your GP know you are a carer
This is always important, but a particularly good idea now. There’s a simple form you complete – read more here.
School closures and critical workers
The government has asked parents and guardians to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. By having most children at home, we lower the risk of the virus spreading.
Schools and other childcare providers will continue to provide care for a limited number of children – those who are vulnerable and those whose parents/guardians are ‘critical workers’. Children classed as vulnerable includes young carers. You can read who is defined as vulnerable, and a list of ‘critical workers’ here. Your schools should also be communicating with you.
There are plans for schools to open to more children in June, but each school will communicate with parents about their individual plans.
Many shops are setting aside the first hour of shopping for older and vulnerable customers, including carers. This page lists all the supermarkets’ revised opening hours and any special access to on-line shopping and other community support for those isolating at home.
If you haven’t had one, consider asking for one. It helps ensure that you are recognised as a carer and your needs met. These assessments are no longer being done face to face, but you can still get help. More on Carers’ Assessments here.
Practice great hygiene
You will already be doing this, but it’s worth reminding yourself and any others in the household, including paid carers who come in, of best practice. You can ask your care provider what steps they are taking about infection control.
Look after yourself
Ensure that you’re doing what you can to boost your own immunity; keep your diet healthy, have good air circulation at home, get some exercise if possible, and make time for yourself when you can. Read more on our wellbeing page.
Register with Action for Carers
If you haven’t already, register with us, to get access to our full range of support and services.