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Supporting wellbeing of older people when shielding / isolating

Public Health Wales Observatory

This summary outlines action that the evidence suggests may help to support the mental wellbeing of older adults at this time. It is intended for organisations involved in supporting older people. Four systematic reviews were identified from a search of the literature conducted in June 2019. Most provided data from qualitative research and captured the perceptions of older people on quality of life, meaningful occupations and experience of technology. Reflecting on the findings from these reviews, the analysis suggests a number of actions for consideration by those involved in supporting older people. These actions focus on: maintaining autonomy and control; occupation and social interaction; access to the internet; and money and resources.

Last updated on hub: 16 November 2020

Supporting working carers in COVID-19: response and reflections: employer survey report

Carers UK

Findings of a research survey of 114 members of the Employers for Carers (EfC) business forum to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on working carers and how employers have supported them. The analysis shows that: 9 out of 10 employers (90%) said they had put in additional arrangements to support carers’ health and wellbeing during the pandemic; three quarters of employers said they had offered additional flexible working arrangements for carers; around 6 out of 10 employers (61%) offered different arrangements for staff who were caring for someone in the shielded category; half of employers said their organisation offered carers leave or special leave to carers within their workforce, and 34% said that they offered furloughing; there was a relatively even split between organisations who said they had a carers network or support group (44%) and those who did not (42%); a relatively high number (72%) said they had key workers in frontline roles that may place them at greater risk; around a half of respondents said their organisation had developed, or had plans to develop, new additional organisational/HR/other policies or procedures as a result of the pandemic; over a third of respondents felt their organisations had learned new practical lessons that would help them in supporting carer employees. Implementing better remote working and flexibility were key issues identified. The report highlights key areas of carer support which EfC member organisations have been providing during COVID-19 and makes a number of recommendations, calling on national and local government to optimise their communications around carers so that they are clear about what caring can continue in different areas during the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020

Supporting you to make decisions while caring for someone living with dementia during Coronavirus (COVID19) and beyond

University College London (UCL)

This document guides carers of people living with dementia through the process of making difficult decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst taking into consideration wishes and preferences of those they care for and the legal aspects of making decisions. The guide covers a number of decisions carers may need to make if the person they are caring for has or is suspected to have Covid-19. These include decisions such as how to care for them if they are unable to visit them, whether they should go to hospital if they become unwell and what it means to have a do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation order. The guide also provides useful tips for carers such as the Covid-19 symptoms to watch out for which may differ to the commonly recognised symptoms, where to find help and support when making decisions and how to look after yourself as a carer. Topics covered include: thinking about any existing advance care plans; wishes and preferences; legal aspects of decision making; managing care at home; supporting someone in a care home; admitting them to hospital if they are very unwell; support for carers; and how carers can look after themselves during coronavirus and beyond.

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020

Supporting young carers with isolation and loneliness

Cordis Bright

This brief identifies learning and good practice principles for supporting young carers with isolation and loneliness. It is informed by data collected by the Barnardo’s led See, Hear, Respond (SHR) programme which was commissioned by the Department for Education. SHR brought together a consortium of national and community-based charities and other partners to provide assistance to over 100,000 vulnerable children, young people, and their families, who had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The overarching evaluation found evidence that despite challenging circumstances the programme was a success, reaching more children than anticipated and achieving positive outcomes for most of the participants. This brief is based on a qualitative analysis of the case closure forms for 298 children and young people who were identified by SHR as being in a core priority support group of “Young Carers” who were identified as having the support need “isolation and loneliness” by the programme. The brief presents: good practice principles for supporting young carers experiencing isolation and loneliness; types of need experienced by young carers experiencing isolation and loneliness; examples of support provided by SHR; outcomes achieved by SHR for young carers.

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2021

Supporting young children experiencing adversity during Covid-19

Barnardos Ireland

This guide supports early years educators to gain an understanding of the kinds of stresses and challenges children and their families may be experiencing in their everyday lives during the pandemic and the impacts these have on children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Covid-19 has also become a risk factor for children and some children have been more adversely affected than others by the impact of Covid-19 since it began. For many children such adversity is new, while for others, negative impacts of Covid-19 have been added to adversities they were already experiencing. A lack of access to the supports usually available in the community means that, for those families who would normally avail of such supports, the pressures are even greater. Topics covered include: the impacts of Covid-19 on children; children and stress; the importance of relationships; providing for play; the effect of the environment; supporting children with their behaviour; supporting the development of resilience; emotional co-regulation; partnership with parents; and observation and documentation.

Last updated on hub: 15 February 2021

Supporting young people and parents: the impact of COVID-19 on adolescents, parenting and neglect

The Children's Society

This briefing explores the challenges that adolescents and their parents face during the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers advice for professionals on how to reduce the likelihood of neglect occurring or to mitigate its effects and includes recommendations for national and local decision makers around prevention and responses to adolescent neglect. It is based on recently-published academic research, data collected since the onset of the pandemic and consultation with practitioners.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic from their own perspective

Research in Developmental Disabilities

Background: Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) represent a particularly vulnerable group to the threats posed by COVID-19. However, they have not yet been given a voice on how their living conditions have been affected by COVID-19. Aims: This study aims to report the impact on people with IDD of COVID-19 and the response measures applied in Spain during the lockdown. Method: Data on 582 individuals with IDD were collected through a survey. Seven open questions were included to capture the perspectives of people with IDD on COVID-19 and its consequences. Content analysis was performed to identify themes and categories across participant responses. Chi-square tests were used to analyze the relationship between reporting a specific category and participants’ characteristics. Results: Supports have been conditioned by the living context. People living in specific settings had fewer natural supports, while those living with their family relied heavily on it. Participants also lacked supports considered necessary. It is worth stressing that persons with IDD have also provided support to others. Conclusions: Although people with IDD have generally received the assistance they need during the lockdown, it must be ensured that appropriate supports are provided regardless of the context in which they live.

Last updated on hub: 04 February 2021

Survey results: understanding people's concerns about the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Academy of Medical Sciences

This report describes the findings of a consultation with people with lived experience of mental health issues, their supporters and the general public, which took place in late March 2020, the week that the UK went into lockdown in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The consultation asked about people's concerns about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what had been helping their mental health and wellbeing at that time. In total, 2,198 people took part in the stakeholder survey (including people with lived experience of mental health issues and health and social care professionals) and 1,099 people in the survey of the general population. Priority concerns about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health included anxiety; isolation; difficulties in accessing mental health support and services; and concerns about the impact of the pandemic on family members and family relationships.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Surviving being black and a clinician during a dual pandemic: personal and professional challenges in a disease and racial crisis

Smith College Studies in Social Work

I CAN’T BREATHE! Social distance! I CAN’T BREATHE! Stay six feet apart! I CAN’T BREATHE! Make sure you wash your hands! I CAN’T BREATHEEEE! When can I schedule a session? The duality of being Black in America and a mental health professional during a global pandemic is stressful enough; however, coupled with a simultaneous racial pandemic, the intrapsychic, interpersonal and professional responsibilities feel incessant. This article seeks to explore the lived experiences of two Black mental health professionals residing and providing clinical services in Los Angeles County during a dual pandemic. Utilizing autoethnography methodology, the authors will reflect upon their personal and professional experiences of being Black and a mental health provider during a dual pandemic. Special attention will be allocated to unpacking issues of systemic racism, White supremacy, White fragility, anti-racism and third space oppression while providing clinical services to White and Black clients and attempting to engage in ongoing self-care activities. In addition, the authors will explore recommendations examining the nexus between racial identity, social location and professional expectations during a dual pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Surviving COVID-19: social work issues in a global pandemic (Child protection and welfare, and social care)

University of Stirling

This briefing provides advice for social workers working with children and families during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing covers what is COVID-19 and its symptoms; what steps do World Health Organisation (WHO) and national and local health advisors advocate people follow in preparedness, mitigation and suppression strategies; how can social workers work with children and families during this pandemic; and how can social workers take care of themselves and others while performing their statutory duties. The briefing also covers how to uphold anti-oppressive practice, ethical behaviour and human rights, home visits and personal protection and protective equipment.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

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