Wishing you and your families a very safe and Merry Christmas from all of us here at Country Cousins
It's been a challenging year for many, but with the rollout of a vaccine on the horizon, we can all be hopeful of a better 2021. Whether you are new to Country Cousins or have been a client for a number of years, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.
However you are spending the next couple of weeks, please stay safe, well, and merry during these times. Below is some advice to help you do just that.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Chief Executive Officer
Some simple steps to look after yourself and loved ones this Christmas
On Saturday 20th December a new fourth tier was introduced and different areas of the country were reclassified. Find our what each tier means and what your local restrictions are. The new rules however don't mean that you have to be completely isolated over the festive period.
Keep in regular, virtual, contact with your loved ones
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.
Get exercising and prevent falls this winter
Whilst falls can be alarming and a cause for concern over winter, there are some preventative measures that can be put in place, including a regular - indoor exercise routine.
Hunker down with a Christmas Classic
Nothing says Christmas quite like a good film, whether that be It's a Wonderful Life or White Christmas - there are plenty of top titles out there that are scheduled to be aired over the festive period.
Christmas Eve, ITV, 11am - Santa Claus
Christmas Day, BBC Two, 11:35am - Singin' in the Rain
Christmas Day, Channel 4, 5:30pm - Home Alone 2, Lost in New York
Talk to someone if you need to
If you are feeling particularly lonely over the Christmas period, there are volunteer helplines available offering you a comforting ear.
Silver Line - Call 0800 4 70 80 90
Samaritans - Call 116 123
Age UK - Call 0800 678 1602 (open 8am - 7pm daily)
Preventing the spread
The risk from Covid-19 is still very real, but following these simple six steps can help you stay safe this Christmas.
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
If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must follow the rules from Sunday 20 December. This means that you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household. These rules will not be relaxed for Christmas for Tier 4: you cannot form a Christmas Bubble in Tier 4.
The UK's vaccination programme is in full swing
Over half a million people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, hope is around the corner. The NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for vaccination before then.
Need more information or help from us
Our Christmas office hours can be found below:
23rd December - Normal opening hours
24th December - Closed from 4pm
25th December - Closed
26th December - Closed
27th December - Closed
28th December - Closed
29th December - Normal opening hours
30th December - Normal opening hours
31st December - Closed from 4pm
1st January - Closed
2nd January - Normal opening hours
If you need to contact us with an emergency on any of the dates we are closed, please reach out using the Out of Hours number detailed in your welcome pack.