Coronavirus advice for Carers
Friday, March 27th, 2020
Please see below for some guidance from Carers UK, during the current Coronavirus pandemic, especially with regards to both live in carers and people going into a client’s home, especially if the person requiring the support is considered to be vulnerable :-
On a personal note at Harris Recruitment, we really care about you and want to help to keep both our clients and candidates as safe as possible during this dreadful time.
To avoid the spread of the Coronavirus in the care sector for the vulnerable, please see below for a couple of bits of advice that I’d like to share with you if you have or you are either a live in carer/ housekeeper or a relief carer/ housekeeper:-
- Please make sure that each carer/housekeeper has their own separate bedding (including their own sheets, pillows, duvets, pillowcases etc) and towels and are not sharing any of these items with either the other carers or the client.
- It is very important, especially during these increasingly stressful times, that the primary full time live in carer/ housekeeper to ensure they have some proper time off each week and it is the responsibility of the family to sort that out and arrange adequate, suitable, relief care support.
- As they are looking after a vulnerable person, it is important that both the full time carer/ housekeeper and the relief carer/housekeeper make sure that when they are not at work, they do their best to reduce their exposure to other people and ensure that they follow the NHS guidelines: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- To the carers: please ensure that extra steps are taken with regards to hygiene and that when you return to work, after having had time off you change your shoes, wash your hands thoroughly and leave your coat etc in your room.
- To avoid any cross-contamination, we would also recommend that when there is a shift change, the returning carer wipes all surfaces and door handles.
- Finally, to the carers, please make sure you have enough rest and eat healthily. You are doing such an important job and we know how much your employers appreciate and value what you are doing. By taking care of the vulnerable, you are helping their families and of course easing the burden on the NHS. Be thoughtful & kind to each other, keep well, stay safe, look after yourselves and of course those you take care of.
With best wishes