The Prime Minister announced that the country will now be locked down and stated to the nation that if too many people become seriously unwell then the NHS will be unable to handle it. This would mean more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well. Therefore, it is vital to slow the disease down. 

Many care establishments have already taken the decision to lock down but if you have not yet done this, then it is vital that you do this now. 

People will be able to leave their home for the following very limited purposes: 

  • • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible 
  • • One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household; 
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and 
  • • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home 

You and your teams are doing an amazing job caring for the most vulnerable people, in these difficult times, and we hope the following advice may support and help you. 

Many of you will use online shopping for your service, and it is now incredibly hard to book timeslots for this, because of the overwhelming demand. 

If you haven’t already you could do the following: 

  • • Contact your online supermarket facility to explain the nature of your service and ask them to provide a  delivery slot for the vulnerable people you support and care for 
      • • Contact your local supermarket and explain your service, as they may offer to help – if you try to do a large shop for your service and are rationed, they supermarket may not understand, so talk to them first 
      • • Contact local producers, as they may be able to deliver supplies to you 

It is essential to protect your staff as they are desperately needed at a time like this and they must be supported to stay healthy so that they can keep working. They are essential workers

If you haven’t already, you could do the following: 

  • • Look at temporary measures on your rota, that can allow them to go to the supermarket during carers allotted times to get their essential supplies 
  • • If you have staff self-isolating, going sick or stopping work because of an underlying health problem, then regularly review your rota to support the staff that are working 
  • • Contact staff that have recently left, to see if they have any spare hours where they may be able to help, or be on standby 
  • • If you have staff that have retired, you could follow the NHS’ lead and contact them to see if they can help out 
  • • Contact any bank staff to find out their availability 

And, of course if there is training that you usually do face-to-face, then look at where online training could replace this, so that staff refreshers are kept up-to-date and new staff can be trained in a very time effective way.