Going into hospital or a care home is daunting at the best of times but with the COVID-19 pandemic everything has changed. Whether the admission is because of the coronavirus or another condition, everyone is worried, and the situation around visiting, hygiene and protection and how to communicate with staff has radically altered.
A number of agencies have come together to produce a leaflet to help those looking after someone – whether they see themselves as a carer or not – who may need to go into hospital. There is lots of detailed professional guidance around COVID and loss and bereavement: some quite difficult to understand.
How the leaflet was put together:
This leaflet comes out of personal experience both of family carers and professionals on the ground. It addresses some of the key issues people who are looking after someone with a health condition have asked, in lay persons language. It will help them to be prepared for the new COVID environment in hospitals or care homes. The situation is rapidly changing, and this advice will be updated as necessary.
What does it cover:
- People’s worries about safety in the hospital or a care home,
- What to take with them if they are admitted and any cultural, dietary, and religious considerations and pastoral support.
- It also urges people to try and think ahead and be prepared; not just practically but also in terms of planning for difficult decisions such as the end of life care they might want their loved ones to receive.
- The information can also be useful for family carers when a care home is being considered or care and support is being provided at home with care services.
The leaflet has been prepared collaboratively by the NHS and local authority staff, the Carers Centre and Healthwatch Brighton and Hove with input from other agencies such as Impact Initiatives and Martlets.
- To celebrate everything that informal carers do, the Carers Centre has organised a week of online events running from 8-12 June,
- It will have lots of fun and learning sessions but there will be space to discuss some of these issues raised in this leaflet.
- Have a look on the Carers Centre website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Carers Festival.
For further help and advice and to escalate issues of concern contact:
David Liley, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove
07931 755343, email@example.com
Fran McCabe, Chair Healthwatch Brighton and Hove
07880 490938, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove
01273 746 222, email@example.com
Brighton & Hove City Council
07825 862542 (01273 290250), firstname.lastname@example.org