Carers and COVID-19

Advice and information at a local and national level - this page will be updated regularly in these fast moving times.

What do I need to do now?

Now is a good time to get organised and make a plan. Key things to think about are:

  • Register with us – call 0800 31 68 600 – our service is fully open and ready to help.
    • Get support from your local Carers Agent
    • Register for Talk & Support – really useful to have a friendly person to chat with – especially if you are self-isolating, feeling lonely and need company.
  • Have an emergency plan in case you as a Carer becomes unwell – click here to download the handy print off
  • Let your GP know you are a carer. If your doctor and surgery know you are a carer they can:
    • support you with any physical health issues related to your caring role, like tiredness
    • make you aware of the carer’s flu jab each year
    • talk to you about your mental health and the impact of your caring role
    • provide you with general information and advice
    • refer you to helpful organisations and services that can improve your caring situation
    • give you flexible appointments at times that suit you
    • Apply for a Carer’s Break  – If you are eligible they may be able to help you pay for a break and help arrange short-term breaks for you or the person you care for, especially if your caring role is impacting your health.
  • Plan your shopping for supplies – many supermarkets have special hours for volunteers and key workers:
  • Sort out your Carers’ Assessment  – you can also ask for a carer’s assessment by phoning 0300 123 2224.
  • Look after yourself
  • Beware of Scams – Avon and Somerset Police have noticed a spike in scams during this time click here to find out more

Somerset:

Somerset Community Connect website has a full list of all the organisations that can support you as a Carer in Somerset as well as other useful advice around how to cope during the Coronavirus lockdown.

  • General Advice and support

https://www.somersetcommunityconnect.org.uk/corona-virus/corona-virus-information-help-and-support/

  • Practical Support for Carers

https://www.somersetcommunityconnect.org.uk/information-advice/carers/practical-care-information-and-guidance/

National:

Dementia UK Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for families looking after someone with dementia

Carers UK Guidance:

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19 

Mind UK: Caring for someone with a mental health problem

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helping-someone-else/carers-friends-family-coping-support/supporting-someone-with-a-mental-health-problem/#.XbNDkK97l8w

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