How can I get care in a rural location?
Last week, the government has imposed stricter regulations on social distancing in an attempt to control the outbreak of Covid-19. These rules have been brought in to ease the burden on the NHS and protect the most vulnerable people in society i.e. the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
However, the countrywide lockdown has left those living in rural locations questioning how they are going to receive essential care. Many elderly and disabled people rely on support from others to remain living independently at home.
Sadly, it is likely that those living in rural locations will suffer more than those in urban areas, especially if they have to go into isolation. To help you through these difficult times, here is some advice on finding care if you or and your loved one live in a remote location.
Ask family to get you supplies
In response to the updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UK Government, many of us have been stocking up on essential supplies to get us through a period of social distancing. In a previous blog, we discussed the essential coronavirus shopping list and advised on the food, medication, and cleaning supplies that you should be purchasing.
Hopefully, your loved one may already have a selection of non-perishable foods in their cupboards, such as tinned goods. Fresh food is essential to maintaining your health, but it may be challenging to get these items if they live in a rural location and are unable to go out. If possible, you or your family could do a small weekly shop to buy the essentials for them. Try to focus on getting long-lasting perishable foods that will remain edible for longer. For instance, fruits like apples, oranges, pears and melons will last far longer than raspberries and strawberries.
Use delivery services
Most major supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, and Tesco, offer food delivery services. While this service has been extremely busy since the onset of Covid-19, with many people finding that delivery slots are booked for several weeks, regulations are now in place to support those who are vulnerable. For instance, from the 23rd of March, Sainsbury’s offer online customers aged 70 or over, or those living with a disability, priority access to online delivery slots, and most UK supermarkets have introduced priority hours, allowing the elderly, carers and NHS staff to shop for goods before the rest of the public.
Having food delivered is one of the easiest and safest ways to ensure that you or your loved ones have essential supplies. If they are unable to cook their own meals every day, then companies like Meals on Wheels are delivering home-cooked food to those in need to ensure that everyone has access to healthy, nutritious meals.
Consider organising care during the coronavirus outbreak
Healthcare workers are working day and night to help fight the outbreak of Covid-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable. If family and friends are unable to provide the care your loved one needs, then you should consider arranging for a professional carer to support them through this challenging period.
You should also keep in mind that family members should not be visiting the elderly at home if they’re classed as vulnerable i.e. over the age of 70 or with pre-existing health conditions. This is because they are at risk of developing serious health complications if they contact Covid-19.
In these circumstances, it is possible to hire a carer for support. They will receive home deliveries for the elderly, as well as support them with any other daily tasks such as cleaning and cooking. We have a team of dedicated carers on hand to provide safe and reliable home care throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. If you or someone you know is self-isolating and needs support, then you can contact us on 0808 278 2589 to discuss how we can help.
Make sure you reach out and ask for assistance if you know someone who is house-bound and require support for getting essential supplies.