Coronavirus Advice For Carers

We have put together some guidance for Carers to help through the Coronavirus pandemic.

Caring in the time of Coronavirus 

On Monday 21st February 2022, the Government announced that it would lift the remaining Coronavirus restrictions on Thursday 24th February.  This includes:

  • Removing the legal requirement to self-isolate following a positive test;
  • No longer requiring fully vaccinated close contacts and those under the age of 18 to test daily for 7 days;
  • Removing the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate;
  • Ending routine contact tracing;
  • Ending self-isolation support payments and national funding for practical support.; and
  • Removing the medicine delivery service.

From 1 April:

  • the Government will no longer provide free universal testing for the general public in England; and
  • the Government will remove the current guidance on domestic voluntary COVID-status certification and will no longer recommend that certain venues use the NHS COVID Pass.

Coronavirus isn’t going to go away.

If you hear the phrase ‘endemic’, what it actually means is that overall rates of infection are static — not rising, not falling.  In other words, the virus can be endemic and both widespread and deadly.  What it can also mean, is that new variants can appear and there needs to be a plan so that we can react quickly.

What does this mean for carers?

What you might have missed was the announcement that additional boosters are be offered to people aged 75 or over, and residents in older people’s care homes, and anyone aged 12 or above who is immunosuppressed.

So, if you, or the person that you are caring for, fall into these categories, please look out for the notification calling you to get your next booster.

Also, if you have the opportunity to pop a few free lateral flow tests into the back of the cupboard before the end of March, so much the better.

But, if you haven’t got any lateral flow tests, remember that the current guidance says that “- if both the lateral flow tests are negative, and you do not have a temperature, you can safely return to their normal routine,” – so keep taking your temperature (think about getting a thermometer if you haven’t already got one.)

Although, since 27th January 2022, face coverings were no longer required by law in any setting. Public health guidance suggests that we should continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, where we could come into contact with people we do not normally meet.

Face coverings have been in widespread use for many years in other parts of the world – why shouldn’t you can continue to wear one if it makes you feel safer?

On February 24th, the guidance on care home visiting was updated.  Please remember that anyone designated as an ‘essential care giver’ and all visitors will still have to comply with the testing regimes before they can enter a care home.

If you haven’t got one already, why not write a plan to support the person you care for. Forward Carers has recently produced a What IF plan and a What IF plan template. It’s a simple guide which may help you plan and record useful information for emergency situations that may arise.

So, we just ‘keep calm and carry on’ – like we’ve always done!

Don’t forget that you can call the Carers’ Hub to speak to one of the advisers if there’s something concerning you 0333 006 9711, or have a look at our ‘What’s on’ page if you’re interested in joining a peer support group, or thinking about taking up yoga, for instance.