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Looking after your elderly family, friends and neighbours during lockdown

Looking after your elderly family, friends and neighbours during lockdown

The team at Friary Care have been very lucky to have the support of staff, friends, family and lots of great local suppliers. We have been greatly appreciative of how the local community has come together and made sure we are all fine.

Many people are feeling understandably anxious and helpless with the Covid-19 outbreak. As we start to come out of lockdown, people are still very worried in particular about older friends, relatives and neighbours who may be more at risk of contracting the virus.

We would like to just encourage everyone to keep an eye out for their own family, friends and people in the local community.

1. Try to be positive and calm

Although this is an unprecedented time, you do not want to panic others. Listen to and follow government advice and try to look after your own mental health as well as helping others. Trying to remain positive will greatly benefit those around you who may also be stressed and anxious.

2. Follow the government guidelines on social distancing

The guidance is changing all the time, make sure you keep up to date with what measures can be taken by you to best protect vulnerable and older people. Here is the link to the government guidance portal on the virus – https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you feel ill, try to avoid close contact with / any visits to elderly or vulnerable people (even at a distance). Organise for someone else to go in your place if it is an essential visit.

3. Check on an elderly neighbour

Many older people may be alone, so organising regular contact such as a phone call or a simple text every couple of days ensures they feel connected to someone.

4. Contingency planning

Ensure you have a plan in place if you were to show symptoms and were therefore unable to help someone who is in need. Arrange for other friends/family/neighbours to step in for you. If you personally care for someone, ensure there is a designated person who also knows what medication they need to take and any other necessary details about the care required.

5. Get involved with the local community

As we have seen over the last couple of months, neighbourhoods around the UK have a variety of schemes to help the more vulnerable in the community. Steps such as donating to food banks, checking in on elderly neighbours via letters, and posting on community social media pages your availability to help out are all a great way you can support others.

Age UK run an advice hotline, available from  8am-7pm all year round specifically for older people. To speak to them about anything that concerns you call: 0800 678 1602.

If you would like to discuss your residential care needs please call Peter Fry 01305 78 78 11.