The health and safety of our service users and staff is our number one priority at Helping Hands.
The elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus COVID-19.
We want to reassure our teams and the clients we care for that we are monitoring the situation closely to help manage risks of spreading the virus.
Our Homecare Support Workers are professionally trained and undergo comprehensive training in infection control.
We have also advised them to follow industry guidance on hygiene from the UK’s public health authorities and World Health Organisation, particularly focussed around handwashing and other hygiene measures.
If you have any concerns or believe you may have somehow contracted symptoms of coronavirus then please alert your homecare visitor as a matter of urgency. Helping Hands will then take the necessary precautionary measures.
Currently, the latest advice from the NHS and public health bodies is to stay at home if you believe you have coronavirus symptoms. People are advised to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
You can use the NHS 111 online service – https://111.nhs.uk/ – if you need guidance and cannot cope with the symptoms at home and your condition is getting worse.
For the most up-to-date information you can visit The Department of Health and Social Care or see the below links for various official sources.
Public Health England
World Health Organization
Helping Hands Facebook