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Care and support workers, social workers, health professionals and families can work together to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.
Infection prevention and control measures
It is essential that good infection control is maintained on your journey to work and when supporting people in their homes.
It is often hard to be socially distant in people’s homes. Many people may be clinically extremely vulnerable, or at general high risk from COVID-19. They may need help understanding restrictions.
Wear your personal protective equipment (PPE) properly, change it carefully and stay stocked up. Follow the guidance when working with people at risk.
Regular testing will help to break the chain of transmission. Make sure you’re getting access to your weekly tests.
For more information, ask your manager or see Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers on GOV.UK.
Social care workers are a priority group for vaccination. You’ll be contacted when the coronavirus vaccine is available for you.
There is a range of support available to support all levels of concerns – big or small:
- social care staff who may be struggling to cope and need help can send a text message with ‘FRONTLINE’ to 85258 to start a conversation. This service is offered by Shout and is free on all major mobile networks
- The Samaritans confidential staff support line is open for all social care staff who might be feeling increasingly stressed, anxious or overwhelmed. Call 0800 069 6222 (7am to 11pm, 7 days a week)
- Hospice UK’s bereavement and trauma line is open for all social care staff. This offers a safe space to talk to a professional if you have experienced bereavement, trauma or anxiety. Call 0300 131 7000 (7am to 11pm, 7 days a week