Coronavirus (COVID-19): unpaid carers providing personal care

Using PPE to help prevent the spread of the virus for people who visit or live with a friend/family and provide help with washing or dressing.

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General advice

Wash your hands. It is important that you ensure you perform hand hygiene using soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day and before and after providing any personal care.  This is a key measure in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Assist the person you care for with hand hygiene regularly particularly before and after meals and after toileting.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and dispose of them in the nearest waste bin after use.  If you have no tissues to hand, you should cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.  Wash your hands with soap and water afterwards.

Provide the person you care for with tissues to catch coughs and sneezes.

Follow this general advice and where possible, the physical distancing advice on NHS inform. However, it is understood that advice regarding proximity will not be possible when providing personal care.

You should plan ahead for any scenario in which you may not be able to provide care for your friend or family member. Your local carers centre may be able to assist with emergency planning

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