Published on 11 March 2020 07:22 PM
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Update Friday 20th March 20
COVID-19 : GP practices Dr Nicolas Small, GP chair of Herts Valleys CCG said: “In keeping with the Government’s approach to protect people against coronavirus by moving to all but essential contact with others, our GP practices are moving to a new way of working..."
SENIOR SAFETY Coronavirus: How seniors can avoid stress and loneliness using The Sun’s six-step self-isolation battle plan
FACING self-isolation or limiting contacts can be daunting for the old and vulnerable, their loved ones and carers. The Sun has some expert advice, including those from Age Concern’s Ruthe Isden, on how to make the process less stressful and lonely.
Update Thursday 19th March 20
Older residents of Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead are given assurances of help and support by Boxmoor Good Neighbours. Call 07713 358931 (9am - 1pm Monday to Friday).
for help and support for the older residents of Boxmoor.
A call-out for donation of essentials for the vulnerable in the community. Age UK Dacorum is at the frontline in supporting older people and their carers with regard to providing certain essential items to the vulnerable people in Dacorum.
Update Tuesday 17th March 20
Following directives from Hertfordshire County Council and guidance from Public Health England (Guidance on Social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults dated 16th March 20)
we will be closing all our clubs from today Tuesday 17th March 2020 until further notice. We will continue to provide assistance and support to all our staff, clients and volunteers (many who are over 70 ) during this period of closure.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, there have been various initiatives publicised on Facebook and elsewhere offering help for the elderly. Although most are well-meaning ones, we would like people to become aware of the problems that could arise from un-coordinated and unmonitored services involving the vulnerable in the community. Whenever there is an opportunity for communities to come together, there could be those that choose to exploit this. We use procedures such as DBS and reference checks to help protect the clients in our charge. We would be very happy to recruit more volunteers, but they will be asked to go through our safeguarding procedures with a view to becoming long-term volunteers.
Scams and Fraud - Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totaling over £800k. Read this report from Action Fraud here. To report a fraud click here.
Social Distancing and Loneliness - How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing - Here’s advice for preserving your mental health while avoiding physical proximity from Scientific American
Update Monday 16th March 20
Due to the closure of the lounges of some sheltered homes schemes we are making the following changes to our clubs :
Active Living Clubs - Tuesday's Sycamore Club will be held in Evelyn Sharp House, Field Road, Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead HP2 4RX on Tuesday 17th March 20.
Cogs Club on Friday in Pond Close, Tring - Closed until further notice.
Stay at Home Advice from the NHS - How long do you stay at home if you have symptoms?
11th March 20
The World Health Organisation declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on 11th March 2020. Age UK Dacorum will follow Public Health England’s guidance and advice regarding this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We are taking a common-sense approach for staff, volunteers, clients etc and advise the need for each individual to take the right precautions along with self-monitoring of their health and wellbeing.
At the present time our services will carry on as normal. However, if clients, volunteers or staff members think they have symptoms or signs of the virus, they should, to protect themselves and others, not go to or attend any of the services.
For general advice, information or to read answers to common questions about COVID-19, visit NHS's Online Coronavirus Service : NHS 111
Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. Published 16th March 2020
It's important to stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading. From the NHS tips, Dos and Don'ts when self-isolating or staying at home.
Blog on Coronavirus (COVID-19): What is self-isolation and why is it important?
Download an easy-to-read guide to coronavirus
Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
Latest information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Hertfordshire County Council
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings on COVID-19
Information and FAQ on the Coronavirus prepared by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (hcpa).
From Social Media
Advice for an older person
If you know an older person who is concerned about leaving the house because of #COVID2019uk, make sure you:— Age UK (@age_uk) March 10, 2020
☎️ Stay in touch over the phone.
🏪 See if they need any help shopping.
👟 Encourage them to stay active in the house.
Find out more, here: https://t.co/xM199Zzpx7 pic.twitter.com/TUu4Yi4PSz
Coronavirus data dashboard
We’ve updated our #Coronavirus (#COVID19) data dashboard, including new cases and cases by upper tier local authority. The link includes mobile and desktop versions https://t.co/CV6X7bFbhA pic.twitter.com/BpNXttSarb— Public Health England (@PHE_uk) March 11, 2020
NHS 111 online advice on COVID-19
Find out from the NHS on what to do if you think you may have symptoms of, or been exposed to, coronavirus (COVID-19).