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Coronavirus: Carers

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Labour, Putney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish guidance on protecting vulnerable individuals from coronavirus for carers caring for (a) ill and (b) elderly people at home.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 19 March 2020

Published guidance on how carers can protect vulnerable individuals is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

The guidance highlights the importance of ensuring carers follow advice on good hygiene.

Further information is also available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-home-care-provision

This guidance is aimed at those who support and deliver care to people in their own homes, setting out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19.

We will continue to revise and update this guidance, as required.

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