COVID-19 resources for users and carers

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Kinship carers' experiences during the coronavirus crisis

Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection

Findings of a UK-wide survey (April 2020) to understand the experiences faced by kinship care households as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, and what urgent steps could be taken by Government, local authorities and other agencies to help. This analysis focuses specifically on Scotland specific findings – the survey heard from 79 Scottish respondents, who are raising 107 kinship children and a further 43 birth children. Most respondents are grandparents raising their grandchildren and just over half are single carers. Key findings include: half of kinship carers surveyed are self-isolating because they, or someone in their household, have an underlying health condition; a quarter of kinship carers reported they faced financial hardship that had worsened as a result of the current crisis, and a further 8% remained in a similar level of hardship than pre-crisis; 28% of kinship carers said they had not been offered a place but would appreciate such an offer, demonstrating the need for flexibility in responding to the child and household’s needs; one third of the Scottish respondents indicated that they had received no support, compared to half of the UK wide survey respondents; kinship carers’ biggest concerns are around the health of the kinship child if the carer was to fall ill with, or die from, Covid-19, the child’s mental health, and their financial situation; the importance of food, and provisions around this, came through strongly in the answers to a number of the survey questions; the recognition of the role of kinship carers was mentioned by a quarter of the respondents when asked about steps the Government could take.

Last updated on hub: 02 November 2020

Coronavirus information point for children's care and protection

Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection

This resource brings together and signposts to guidance and information relating to Covid-19 and children's social care, covering residential care, kinship care, adoption, and foster care.

Last updated on hub: 02 November 2020

COVID-19: visiting nursing and residential care homes: summary for family and friend carers

Northern Ireland. Department of Health

Outlines the arrangements for visiting in nursing and residential care homes which apply in line with current regional surge level position (level 4 – high or rising level of transmission). This is subject to change depending on the prevalent rate of transmission and will be reviewed frequently. Local outbreaks of infection in care homes will require an additional specific local response and additional restrictions for visiting in line with Public Health Agency advice for management of the outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 20 October 2020

COVID-19: regional principles for visiting in care settings in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland. Department of Health

During this COVID-19 pandemic, normal hospital, hospice and care home visiting arrangements were suspended with key exceptions. This document follows a review of the restrictions and outlines the principles for visiting which applies to the following; Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust and Independent hospital inpatient and outpatient services, maternity services, hospices, care homes, mental health and learning disability hospital inpatient services, children’s hospital services, for the duration for the COVID-19 pandemic. The principles include: anyone showing or experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infection should not visit, even if these symptoms are mild and unconfirmed; all people visiting/attending health and social care settings will be required to wear face coverings for the foreseeable future; and children under the age of 13 and others listed in the face covering guidance are exempt from wearing a face covering.

Last updated on hub: 20 October 2020

How Coronavirus has affected people with learning disabilities and autistic people: easy read

Department of Health and Social Care

This report comes from the Social Care Taskforce National Advisory Group: People with Learning Disabilities and Autistic People. The group gives the Government advice about services for people with learning disabilities or autistic people. The report explains how Coronavirus is affecting people with learning disabilities and autistic people; and what the Government should do to keep people safe. This includes new ways of working; accessible information; continuing to support people; helping lonely people and those who are often are left out.

Last updated on hub: 19 October 2020

Right2visit

bemix

This website is for families or close friends having problems visiting a loved one who is autistic and/or has learning disabilities. Visits are being limited or stopped because of COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 19 October 2020

Resources to help digital enabling

National Care Forum

A series of simple practical resources – 15 crib sheets – to help care providers make the best use of digital technology for their residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The crib sheets are designed to be printed and laminated by care settings for multiple use, but they may be just as useful to help anyone in their own home, as well as carers and families and friends. The sheets are grouped into three themes, covering basic skills, connectivity and wellbeing and resilience.

Last updated on hub: 12 October 2020

Beating the Virus

Beyond Words

A short wordless story to help people understand what to do if they have Coronavirus and how to keep themselves and those who they care about safe. The story also shows how to safely help others who may be self-isolating. Supplementary text at the end of the story gives information on where people can seek help if they are unwell and signposts to other useful resources.

Last updated on hub: 12 October 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for families looking after someone with dementia

Dementia UK

Brings together advice and guidance for carers of people with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics covered include: the ongoing challenges for people with dementia during coronavirus; questions and answers relating to the implications of coronavirus in specific settings; advice for people with dementia around face coverings; and care homes and the coronavirus outbreak.

Last updated on hub: 08 October 2020

Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: the most important things to know

Department of Health and Social Care

This document sets out the seven most important things that direct payments holders, local authorities (LAs), clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and those who provide care and support, including personal assistants, should know during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are: direct payments should continue as before; open communication is very important; the government expects direct payments to be used as flexibly as possible to manage any issues arising from COVID-19; all personal care assistants are considered key workers; everybody with symptoms, including unpaid carers and personal care assistants, can get a test; all direct payment holders can self-refer for testing if they’re displaying symptoms; and anybody providing direct payment holders with care and support must get the PPE they need. [Last updated 18 November 2020].

Last updated on hub: 28 September 2020

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