Coronavirus latest information from Care for the Carers

by | Jan 5, 2021 | Carer News

Updated 19th July 2021.

With the pandemic and Government measures, it is a concerning time for anyone looking after someone who couldn’t manage without your help. You may have questions or concerns about caring during the pandemic. As lockdown restrictions are eased, we are advised to remain cautious and manage the risks. This page gives an overview of the guidance specifically for local carers in East Sussex. 

The links below will take you to the latest Council and Government information, which will be updated with any further changes. 

You can read the latest Government guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends and family here.    

As restrictions ease, you can check the latest information on COVID-19 in East Sussex here.

Local Community Support

The local community hubs established to support vulnerable people during the pandemic remain in place across East Sussex. Please see the Council’s community support website page for further information. The contact details for each Hub are below.

Eastbourne

Website: Lewes and Eastbourne Councils
Phone: 01323 679722 (option 1)

Hastings

Website: Hastings Borough Council
Phone: 01424 451019

Lewes

Website: Lewes and Eastbourne Councils
Phone: 01273 099956 (option 1)

Rother

Website: Rother District Council
Phone: 01424 787000 (option 4)

Wealden

Website: Wealden District Council
Phone: 01323 443322

Sussex vaccination rollout information. The latest updates for carers about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout for carers in Sussex is available here from Care for the Carers, Carers Support West Sussex, Carers Centre Brighton & Hove and Amaze.

Government advice about Coronavirus is available with a range of information. Please check the latest information on the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  which includes links to guidance about:

  • Latest restriction measures and guidance 
  • Self isolating and testing

Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 available here

Information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of coronavirus is available on the Government website here. 

Emergency planning. It may be useful to think about emergency planning if you haven’t already done so. As a carer you will be concerned about what would happen to the person you care for if you had an accident or were suddenly taken ill. The Carers Card enables you to set up a Carers Respite Emergency Support Service (CRESS) plan as part of your Carer’s Assessment. This includes contact details for up to three people who could provide short-term support in an emergency. You can find out more information and apply for a Carers Card here. We can complete the form with you over the phone and with your verbal consent.  If you have created an emergency plan, please check it in light of the current coronavirus measures and consider whether you will need to adapt your plan. 

NHS information. You can also get the latest information, answers to common questions and updates on the NHS website here

There is Public Health England Stay at Home Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection here.

Free PPE for carers.  If you are unpaid carer who does not live with the person you look after, you can apply for free personal protective equipment (PPE) to use in your caring role. Non-resident, unpaid carers who wish to access PPE to support their caring role can make a request to East Sussex County Council here by completing the form. If you would like assistance to complete the form, please contact us.

Carers UK have latest updates, information and guidance specifically developed for carers on their website here.  

If English is not your first language, COVID-19 translated information is available here,  and BSL format information available here

Easy read Coronavirus information is available here for people with learning disabilities. 

 

 

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