COVID-19 resources for Users and carers

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A COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help family members and carers supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

A dose of music with your COVID-19 vaccination

Music for Dementia

Guidance for individuals, carers and health professionals on how to use music to lessen people’s anxiety and distress when being vaccinated. Vaccinations can cause anxiety and agitation especially for those with an impairment, disability or condition e.g. dementia. Waiting or an unfamiliar journey can exacerbate disorientation and anxiety. While music can’t eliminate any physical pain, it can help manage the experience and physiological symptoms, leading to a more pleasant experience. Research has shown music can lessen distress by almost half when used during vaccination programmes, and almost double the level of coping behaviour. It can be a powerful distraction from pain.

Last updated on hub: 10 March 2021

A musical guide for people with dementia and their carers during Covid-19

Music for Dementia

Music has huge benefits for people with dementia and those caring for them. It helps reduce agitation, depression and anxiety, alongside improving general health and wellbeing. This practical musical guide offers ideas on how to use music during Covid-19. These include: Have a musical conversation via a phone or video call; playing favourite CDs, vinyl or old mix tapes; listening to a radio show; watching live music in the comfort of one’s own home; watching a musical movie; experiencing a virtual music event; making a playlist; streaming music; getting children involved; finding out what others used to listen to; finding songs by lyrics; creating a musical quiz; learning an instrument.

Last updated on hub: 10 March 2021

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

Breaks or breakdown: Carers Week 2021 report

Carers UK

Findings of an online survey of 2,850 carers and former carers. This included 2,754 current carers and 96 former carers. The report look in particular at caring during the COVID-19 pandemic; a life alongside caring; health, wellbeing and emotional impact; working carers; worries about the future of services; and priorities for the future. The report also considers caring in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on carers’ ability to access breaks. Not only are the majority of carers (81%) providing more care than before the pandemic, while their responsibility has grown the support they used to rely on has reduced. This research shows the impact of reduced support from both services and family and friends has had on carers’ health and wellbeing. It demonstrates that without the right interventions there could be more carer breakdown and why the UK Government should increase funding for carers’ breaks, so all carers providing significant hours of care have access to a meaningful break.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2021

Caring safely at home

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE's video-based resource designed for unpaid/informal carers. You may be caring for family members, friends or neighbours at home.

Last updated on hub: 11 June 2020

Children's guide to coronavirus

Children’s Commissioner for England

A guide for children to help explain the situation during the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to answer children's questions about coronavirus (COVID-19), tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Carers UK

Carers UK hub of resources aimed at carers and those they care for during the Coronavirus pandemic. Includes links to: guidance, Frequently asked questions (FAQs), further support, protecting your mental wellbeing, A-Z of changes to benefits, assessments and support – COVID-19, protecting who you care for, making a plan working and caring, staying safe - FAQs, managing food and medication and keeping active and well.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Government Digital Service

Main UK Government information hub for Coronavirus (COVID‑19) guidance and information includes: guidance and support, announcements, press conferences and speeches and statistics.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (BSL)

NHS 24

British Sign Language videos explaining the steps to take to help avoid infection from coronavirus (COVID-19), overall wellbeing and self-isolation advice as well as the latest information on immunisation and screening services in Scotland.

Last updated on hub: 15 February 2021

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