9. Caring responsibilities and supporting others
Most of us have a role in caring for and supporting others, whether caring for family members in the home, getting supplies for family, friends or neighbours, or simply offering moral support to friends, family, or colleagues.
You will find it easier to care for others if you also look after your own wellbeing. Take all the steps you can, to look after yourself, using all the tips and support in this guide.
Here is some advice and some links to help with the more worrying or demanding caring needs that some people might be dealing with.
As always, talk to your line manager if your caring responsibilities or other challenges mean you are finding it difficult to do your job.
Protecting vulnerable people in your household
If there are vulnerable people in your household, there are additional steps you can take to help protect them at all times. These include:
Help the person keep stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people in your home as much as possible. This might mean sleeping in separate rooms for example.
- Everyone in the house should wash their hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Make sure anyone returning home from essential trips out washes their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as soon as they come in.
- Clean objects and surfaces you touch often (like door handles, kettles and phones) using your regular cleaning products.
- Clean a shared bathroom each time you use it, for example by wiping the surfaces you have touched. Give each person in the house their own towel.
- Prepare a hospital bag, including a list of the medicines the vulnerable person is taking – in case you need to take them to hospital.
- Do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family, unless they're providing essential care.
What to do if someone in your household may have coronavirus
If you or anyone you live with feels unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, you must follow the official advice about self-isolation immediately.
If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.
The carer’s resource provides advice and support for anyone who provides unpaid care to a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
They have dedicated advice for steps you can take to help prevent and prepare for a coronavirus infection in your home. Carer’s resource coronavirus advice page.