We are all greatly concerned about the impact Coronavirus is likely to have on our lives over the months.
As a care agency, we are doing everything we can to protect our elderly and vulnerable clients and their carers and have sent out guidelines to all those concerned. I thought some of our suggestions may be useful to others in a similar situation.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work using a hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Ensure that there is a good supply of disposable gloves in the house so that visitors can perform these hygiene procedures
- Keep visits to a minimum
- Avoid physical contact where possible
- If you are preparing food remove or change your gloves, washing hands before and after
- Before leaving, dispose of everything safely in an outside bin and wash your hands again
If you have a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above), and a new and continuous cough, you NO LONGER NEED to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.
However, if your symptoms worsen and are no better after 7 days, contact 111 or better still online at 111.nhs.uk. Only in an absolute emergency call 999.
By the time this is published the government will probably have introduced further distancing measures for older and vulnerable people.
Like the NHS, now is the time to plan and prepare so we can minimise the confusion and panic.
PLEASE TRY TO BE PREPARED
Sarah Green – Director
Campaigning to help people remain living in their own homes
We are a home care agency based in Bunbury, Cheshire helping families predominantly across the North West and North Wales, although we are nation-wide.
Bunbury Care Agency is a member of the UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association) and an associate member of SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers). SOLLA is the only association in the UK that can provide accredited financial consultants who can advise and assist people with the funding of elderly care.