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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

*UPDATED* Hospital visiting changes, home testing kits, Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.

Carers Info

We realise it is a stressful and difficult time for a lot of people, including carers. All carer services remain open and are here to provide help and support. Please find details of your local Carers Centre here.

This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully.  The Scottish Government has up to date information and advice for unpaid carers which you can find here.

The Scottish Government has produced guidance on the use of PPE for unpaid carers – you can find this information her...

The Scottish Government has produced guidance on the use of PPE for unpaid carers – you can find this information here.

Most carers are unlikely to require PPE unless they are providing personal care. If you are unsure about whether you need PPE, please contact your local carers centre. If you concerned about having to pick up PPE then speak with your local Carers Centre - most will help with delivery.

If you don’t live in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area you can find out the information for your local services through Care Information Scotland.

If you have/need PPE, there is guidance available for taking on and off PPE.

Here is a PDF of instructions – PDF

Here is a video showing correct use of PPE - video

Disposal of PPE

If the person you are supporting (or anyone else in the household) is symptomatic or has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the PPE should be double bagged and dated, and left in the household for 72 hours before being placed into the general waste. 

If the cared for person is not symptomatic the PPE can be discarded into the normal bin at the household.

 

The Scottish Government has confirmed that unpaid carers are included in the group of key workers who are able to acc...

The Scottish Government has confirmed that unpaid carers are included in the group of key workers who are able to access testing.  You can find information on the Scottish Government website about:  

  • Who can be tested
  • Where testing takes place
  • How to arrange a test
  • How to get test results

The Scottish Government website provides further guidance on testing and who’s eligible for a test.

A COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is now underway in NHSGGC.  In line with ...

A COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is now underway in NHSGGC. 

In line with Scottish Government recommendations, unpaid carers under the age of 65 will be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine alongside those with underlying health conditions which puts them at risk of the virus. Carers aged 65 and above will be able to access the vaccine earlier under the initial groupings. 

Read the full Scottish Government Guidance for unpaid carers. 

NHS Inform information about the COVID-19 Vaccinations. 

Latest updates from NHSGGC on the current Vaccination Programme.

Personalised, flexible short breaks can be vital for carers to recover and recharge. We understand that traditional s...

Personalised, flexible short breaks can be vital for carers to recover and recharge. We understand that traditional short breaks may not be running as before due to the current situation, however there are still options available for carers to get a break.

There are a variety of places to apply for funding. For the best current advice please contact your local Carers Centre.

Shared Care Scotland has some advice on short breaks funding for unpaid carers. You can find more information here. It also has some great resources for creative short breaks including online courses, virtual museums, read alongs and exercises.

Money worries can affect anyone at a point in their lives but are especially common during this time. Problems can in...

Money worries can affect anyone at a point in their lives but are especially common during this time. Problems can include income issues, access to emergency food, heating your house, emergency funds.  You can find help and advice here.

There is also specific financial advice due to the impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19 from the Money Advice Service and the UK Government.

Carers Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours per week who gets disa...

Carers Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours per week who gets disability benefit, you may be eligible. It is £67. 25 per week. If you are not sure about whether you would be able to apply for Carers Allowance, please contact your local Carers Centre.

There is guidance in this factsheet on the conditions required to received Carers Allowance and also here.

The Carer’s Allowance Supplement is an extra payment for people in Scotland who get Carer’s Allowance. It is paid twice a year. You can find more information on who is eligible and payments here.

The Scottish Government has recently published its second Coronavirus/COVID-19 Bill. Due to the current situation, it includes an additional payment for unpaid carers. In order to get this payment you need to be in receipt in Carers Allowance by the time the payment is due. The payment will be an additional £230.10, on top of the normal Carers Allowance Supplement. If the Bill passes, this payment will be made in June 2020.

Speak with your local Carers Centre to help register for Carers Allowance and the Carer Allowance Supplements.

 

Scottish Welfare Fund

We realise not everyone will be able to get Carers Allowance but there are other funds and grants available to carers. The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families who are on low incomes through crisis loans and community care grants with living costs.

You can apply for:

  • a crisis grant because of a disaster (like a fire or flood) or emergency (like losing your money/unexpected expense, click here for further information
  • Community Care Grant to help you or someone you care for to start to live, or to carry on living a settled life in the community, click here for further information
  • You must be 16 or older and on a low income to apply for either of these grants. There is no figure to decide whether you have low income.

A young carer in Scotland is anyone under the age of 18 who is an unpaid carer. This could be for a friend or a famil...

A young carer in Scotland is anyone under the age of 18 who is an unpaid carer. This could be for a friend or a family member due to illness, disability a mental health problem or addiction.

 

Young Scot Package for Young Carers

There have been lots of changes to the Young Carers Package. There are now digital packages of benefits for young carers including e-vouchers and subscriptions for Amazon and Netflix. You can find out more information here.

You can get more information and advice on how to apply for the Young Carers Package here.

If you are struggling to apply for the Young Carers Package please contact your local Carers Centre.

 

Young Carers Grant

A Young Carers Grant is a yearly payment of £305.10 for young carers in Scotland.

To obtain a Young Carers Grant you must be 16, 17 or 18 years old.

You must have been caring for 1, 2 or 3 people for an average of 16 hours per week for at least the last 3 months. You can get Young Carers Grant once a year up until you turn 19.

You can apply online here or by phoning Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222

For more information contact your local Carers Centre.

We are aware that some people might need to leave their house more than once a day because of caring responsibilities...

We are aware that some people might need to leave their house more than once a day because of caring responsibilities. This could be to go and care for someone who lives in another property, or to help the person they care for manage their behaviour. If as a carer you are concerned that you might be stopped by the police

  • Contact your local Carers Centre as most are happy to issue letters explaining that you are are a carer and therefore need to leave the house.
  • Police are likely to be understanding if people explain the situation. If the police have more questions they can phone the Carer Centre.

You may hear more people mentioning things like Emergency Care Plans or Anticipatory Care Plans. These are tools that...

You may hear more people mentioning things like Emergency Care Plans or Anticipatory Care Plans. These are tools that have been used for many years to help us provide person-centred care. They help everyone think about what is important to each of us, and what might be important in the future.

While it can be hard to think about what might happen if someone becomes ill, by putting a plan in place it can reduce stress for everyone if this does happen. Everyone should make a plan, however it is particularly important for carers to think about alternative care arrangement if they, themselves, become ill – this might mean that other family members help with some of the tasks, or temporary paid care arrangements need to be organised.

It is really important for you to have open and honest conversations with the person you care for and the other people who matter to you so that everyone understands what your wishes are. You should also try and write down or record any plans or agreements you make.

You should also speak to your GP or any other NHS Community Service that are involved in your care, or the care of the person you look after, to make sure your wishes can be recorded and shared with all necessary services.

If you are not sure where to begin, you can talk to your local Carers Centre.

You can also find some more information here.

It is always important to look after your mental health, especially during the current situation. There are lots of ...

It is always important to look after your mental health, especially during the current situation.

There are lots of different resources available.

A new national campaign was launched by the Scottish Government to help people cope during this time. You can find information here.

There is also a national online hub full of useful resources which you can access here.

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state, how you are feeling and coping in day to day life. NHS Inform has 5 steps to improve your mental wellbeing, as well as information on coping with depression, stress and other common mental health issues. You can find information here.

Shielding is for people, including children, who are at high risk of severe illness due to coronavirus/COVID-19. Thos...

Shielding is for people, including children, who are at high risk of severe illness due to coronavirus/COVID-19. Those shielding are protected by being advised to stay at home and minimise contact with non-essential members of their household. Those shielding can also receive additional support with food and medicine supplies. You can find information about shielding and the supports available here.

Scottish Government also have advice for people with specific medical conditions and their carers. It can be found here.

 If you think you should be in the shielding category please contact your local authority.

If you are shielding, or caring for someone who is, and struggling to cope, talk with friends, family and neighbours to see if they can help with anything. We have seen lots of great examples of people going above and beyond to help each other. You can also speak with your local Carers Centre who may be able to put you in touch with organisations who can help you.

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic may have made people anxious about accessing healthcare services in the same mann...

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic may have made people anxious about accessing healthcare services in the same manner they would previously have done. 

However, we would like to reassure everybody that we have both the capacity, and the patient pathways in place to ensure anyone requiring urgent hospital care, COVID-19 or non-COVID-19, is appropriately and safely assessed.

If your concerns are COVID-19 related you should call NHS 24 on 111.

For all other concerns you can contact your GP as you normally would.

Remember, if it was urgent before COVID-19, it is urgent now.

The Scottish Government announced a new protection level system which came into place on 2/11/2020.  You can find out...

The Scottish Government announced a new protection level system which came into place on 2/11/2020.  You can find out more about the protection levels here.

At all levels, carers are still permitted to go into another household to provide care and support for a vulnerable person.

To find out which level your own area is under you can use the postcode checker here.

 

Having the flu vaccine is very important, especially for carers. As an adult carer (aged 18-64), you can access a fre...

Having the flu vaccine is very important, especially for carers. As an adult carer (aged 18-64), you can access a free flu vaccine via a community pharmacy, find out more here.

For a list of local participating pharmacies click here.

If you are a young carer (aged 12-17) you or your guardian can contact 0141 532 8678 to book an appointment for your flu vaccination.

Face coverings are important in preventing spread of COVID-19 but some people are unable to wear them. Disability Sco...

Face coverings are important in preventing spread of COVID-19 but some people are unable to wear them. Disability Scotland have made face covering exemption cards. You can request a card here or phone 0800 1216240.

Last Updated: 05 June 2020