Advice for you and your families
News of the ongoing vaccine roll-out will be greeted with great optimism by large portions of the country, but whilst it takes effect - there is still a need to remain vigilant and follow the latest government guidance.
We're here to help you through this challenging time:
Live-in care with Country Cousins, remains one of the safest care options during the ongoing pandemic. You can read more to find out what we're doing to safeguard you and your loved ones here.
Over 70's, those who have previously received a letter saying they are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) and frontline health or social care workers are now being proactively invited to book their vaccination via the NHS website.
Covid-19 care, keeping you safe
Everything you need to know about staying safe with live-in care during Covid-19.
Five easy steps to look after your loved ones
Keep in regular, virtual, contact with your loved ones
Self-isolating does not need to mean someone becomes self-isolated. Make sure you have regular, non-face-to-face contact with your loved ones during this time, especially if you know that they suffer from existing mental health conditions such as depression or dementia. You can read more about keeping in touch with relatives via our helpful support article.
Communicate often with your carers
Although our team of dedicated CRE's are in regular contact with both our clients and carers, a little check-in every now and again with your loved one's carer can make a big difference in the quality of care they receive. Whether that be offering them a little advice on how best to bond with your loved one, or providing you with the peace of mind you need during what is a challenging time.
Support with daily errands where you can
Supporting your loved ones with daily errands where it is safe to do so, can make a big difference to how they feel as well as providing a subtle reminder that you are thinking of them when they may otherwise be unable to see friends and family. Arranging for online grocery deliveries, prescriptions, or even subscribing them to their favourite magazine are just a few of the things you can do.
Get them up and exercising in a safe, controlled environment
Keeping active is one of the best means of keeping immune levels high. Exercise is still permitted under all levels of the local and national lockdown guidance, but ensure that if your loved ones are going for walks outside, that they maintain a two-metre distance from other walkers at all times. You can also read about our great tips for staying active indoors.
Order a test if they display any symptoms
Crucially, if your loved ones (or you) develop any symptoms, however small, order them a home testing kit immediately and advise them to isolate at home until the test results come back. Dismissing symptoms as a cold, or seasonal flu, can lead to complications later down the line if it does indeed turn out to be Covid - don't take the risk.
Preventing the spread
Wash your hands
Wash your hands regularly, for at least 40 seconds. Be sure to also carry a pocket-sized hand sanitiser with you
Avoid crowded spaces
Make sure to avoid public spaces unless absolutely necessary. This will minimise your interaction with other people
Wear a face covering
Ensure you have a clean mask with you when you're out and about to cover your face with. Especially when indoors
Avoid touching your face or other shared objects with your hands. For example, use your elbow or foot to open doors
Maintain at least 2 meters from anyone not in your household at all times
Catch it and bin it
Carry a small packet of tissues with you at all times so you can catch any coughs or sneezes to then throw in the bin
Download the NHS Track and Trace app
Use this to check into any public spaces you do attend, log any test results and to stay up to date on whether you might have come into contact with somewho's tested positive for the virus
Following the latest guidance
The latest government advice is broken down by geography, with the area you live in determining the restrictions. We've detailed below the different restrictions by area to help you ensure you're always on the right side of the guidance.
England is currently under a strict national lockdown with a roadmap of how restrictions might begin to ease due to be published by the government on February 22nd.
Full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
The Scottish Government are operating a five tier approach, with the majority of areas currently falling into the highest tier - instructing residents to 'stay at home'.
The Welsh Government are also operating a nationwide stay at home order.
For more information, visit https://gov.wales/coronavirus
The Northern Irish Government have also issued a stay at home order, expected to remain in place until early March at the earliest.
More information can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you
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