Coronavirus - Caring for the Vulnerable

It's important we look out for our family, friends and neighbours, especially if they live alone, are elderly or have pre-existing health conditions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/guidance-for-households-with-grandparents-parents-and-children-living-together-where-someone-is-at-increased-risk-or-has-symptoms-of-coronavirus-cov  

 

You may be able to help without having face-to-face contact. You could:

  • Pop a note through their door giving them your phone number, if they don't already have it
  • Keep in touch by phone or social media
  • Help them by doing their food shopping and leaving it on their doorstep
  • Pointing them to trusted and reliable information, such as our website, the NHS website, or the information from central Government
  • Encourage people to stay active at home where possible

If you, or a friend or family member feels anxious or worried, there is some helpful information on the Mind website.

A Facebook group called ‘Essex Coronavirus Action Support' has been set up as a collaboration between Essex County Council and the Essex Public Health Team and local Facebook groups to support the community in helping one other during the Coronavirus outbreak. This can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/essexcoronavirusactionsupport/

Not on Facebook? But still looking to get involved? Visit the link to sign up to volunteer and find out how you could make a difference and support your community: bit.ly/ecaformgroups

 

The Essex Welfare Service
This new service is a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the Essex area who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is also the place to report anyone who you are concerned about.

Call: 0300 303 9988
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm

You can also stay in touch with all the latest updates from the Essex Coronavirus Action Facebook page.

Residents who are shielding (also known as "Category A" residents) who registered with the Government for food parcels, have their parcels processed and delivered direct from the Government via a dedicated phone line and on-line system. Where any such residents have concerns about their parcels e.g. residents who no longer want a parcel; non delivery of a parcel; change in dietary needs etc they should contact the Essex Welfare Service to advise. 

 

Support for the extremely vulnerable
Register for coronavirus support on GOV.UK if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you'll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

 

Citizens Advice
We have been advised by Citizens Advice Rochford & Rayleigh that they will be closing face to face Services in their offices from Mon 23 March.  Advice also remains available at 0300 330 2101 and www.citizensadvice.org.uk

 

Link to Guidance on Shielding and Protecting People Defined as Extremely Vulnerable on Medical Grounds:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Link to Coronavirus and Pregnancy:

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

 

 Care homes and Adult Social Care

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan

Information for the social care sector on responding to the pandemic can also be found here.https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-social-care-guidance 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-care-homes

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/care-home-support-package-backed-by-600-million-to-help-reduce-coronavirus-infections

A £600 million Infection Control Fund has been introduced to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in care homes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-home-care  

 

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)

OPG has some very helpful advice about ways in which people can make certain decision for you or do certain things on your behalf e.g. through a last power of attorney (LPA) or through something called deputyship.

For more information about making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak please use this link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-and-registering-an-lpa-during-the-coronavirus-outbreakLPAs take around 8 weeks to register. This includes a 4 week waiting period required by law. If you think you may need someone to help you make decisions or make decisions for you soon, you can still make an LPA.

However, there are also other ways people can make certain decisions for you or do certain things on your behalf that are quicker to get in place. These may be useful while you're waiting to make an LPA or if you're self-isolating and need someone to carry out bank transactions for you.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/short-term-options-for-health-welfare-and-financial-decisionsOPG has produced specific guidance about being a deputy or attorney during the COVID 19 outbreak which can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/being-a-deputy-or-attorney-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak  

 

Updated 28/05/20

 

 

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