Are you an unpaid carer?
Do you look after or help a relative, friend or neighbour who cannot manage without your support?
If so, you are a carer.
The VSA Carers Service offers advice, information and support on all aspects of caring.
Our Carers Service supports those adults who help someone who would not manage without them and who have taken on an unpaid caring role in addition to their existing commitments.
The Scottish Government has prepared the following advice for unpaid carers on practical steps to prepare for the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus advice for unpaid carers
Anyone providing regular support to a vulnerable friend or relative will want to do what they can to protect their own health and that of those they look after during the coronavirus outbreak.
Like everyone, unpaid carers (including young carers) and people being cared for should familiarise themselves with the public health advice on how to protect themselves from infection. As the situation is changing quickly, the guidance may also change, so carers should therefore check regularly to make sure they are following the latest guidance at:
Carers who do not already have an emergency plan in place may also want to talk with family and friends about who could take over their caring role if they become ill or need to self-isolate – particularly while social work services are under additional pressure during the coronavirus outbreak. It will also be important to make sure you have key information about the person you care for easily available - so that anyone taking over care has all the information they need.
Where carers and family and friends are unable to provide essential care for someone, they should contact their local social work department. Contact details here: https://socialworkscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Social-Work-Departments-Contact-Information-Website-version.pdf
See NHS 24 for advice on coronavirus symptoms; precautions to take; and what to do if you think you may have become ill with coronavirus - www.nhs24.scot