Coronavirus – support for carers
The government have clarified that unpaid carers are included in the first round of vaccinations. If you’re a carer, please let your GP know you are a carer, that so you can be registered and become eligible for the first round of vaccines.
This advice recommends that carers who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if the carer contracted covid, should be included in Priority 6.
There are 2 rapid, same day results covid-19 testing sites in Hackney. They’re for people who don’t have any covid-19 symptoms and are volunteers, unpaid carers or critical workers. We recommend you take these tests regularly, possibly weekly, to make sure you’re not covid-19 positive:
- 18 Edward’s Lane, Stoke Newington, N16 0JJ
- Shellgrove Community Hall 29-8 Shellgrove Rd, Stoke Newington, N16 8UU
- you are self-isolating and hence can’t get out to the person you care for
- you are self-isolating with the person they care for and hence unable to get any time away from the person you care for
- you care for a child and a parent living in different properties
- you have concerns regarding care workers coming into the home causing you increased anxiety
- you have cancelled care workers due to concerns and hence taking on all the caring yourself
- care workers have cancelled due to illness and replacements not found
- day centre provisions have been cancelled meaning you have to take on the care
- you are struggling with your own emotional wellbeing whilst trying to remain strong for the person you are caring for
- you might have found yourself thrown into a caring role for the first time due to coronavirus
- you might have been managing previously without any support from social services or voluntary sector organisations and are therefore unfamiliar with the system, may struggle to ask for help and are possibly feeling extremely overwhelmed
- you may be concerned about financial difficulties and other practical issues
On this page:
- caring for someone with learning disabilities and autism
- caring for someone with dementia
- caring for someone with mental health issues
- caring for someone at home at the end of life during the coronavirus situation
Join other carers for a virtual cuppa
Virtual cuppa is a bunch of carers coming together for supportive chats to share practical tips and tricks, and sometimes just to vent.
Looking after somebody who might be vulnerable to coronavirus is really tough. There’s no right answer, but we can figure things out together.