Coronavirus Information for Clients

“As Care homes are closing their doors to visitors, the advantages of having a live-in carer come into focus.

Having a live-in carer means you will come into contact with very few people.

By nature of the fact that you have live in care, you are already, to some extent, self-isolating.

We have taken steps to advise your family members to be mindful of any isolation measures by minimising visits and observing strict hygiene regimes.

We also ask clients to restrict or cancel any visits out into their communities

You are far less likely to catch the virus when you have a live in carer.

You are likely to be far safer than if you were living in a care home.

You have the full support of your bookings team, and your carers have the benefit of industry leading training and constant advice and updates from us to keep you and them healthy and happy.”

Freddy Gathorne-Hardy, Managing Director

Look out for our new ‘Community Christies Care’ tips on social media.
We will keep you up to date with the latest advice and be translating some of the more confusing bits.

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“Mary has been so inspired by Captain Tom walking 100 lengths of his driveway, she did 87 laps around the garden before her birthday”. Read more HERE.

Is your carer driving with, or for? Christies Carers can get free parking. Read more HERE.

We’ve been asking our clients and carers how they are beating the boredom and for some top isolation tips to make life a little easier under lockdown. See them HERE.

It is a difficult time for all of us, but we understand that it is particularly challenging for our Christies Carers providing live- in care in isolation.

We will get through this, everyone has coped so well and we just want you to know how much support you have all day, every day (and night) to get through these tough times.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a little ‘Wellbeing first aid kit’ for you to think about, with some further reading recommendations including tips on how you can keep your mind, body and soul in tip top condition, and support your client to do the same.

Remember that this will pass. These strict government regulations are composed to stop the virus from spreading. In the meantime, try not to worry.

  • Stay informed, but in the right way. BBC news or the Government are both good, reliable sources of news, but….don’t read too much! Take time out to ‘get on with things’
  • Change your routine to suit your circumstances: teach your client one of your favourite hobbies, ask your client to teach you one of theirs (I can now arrange flowers properly after a lesson from one of our crafty clients!)
  • Get up, get dressed, open a window. Maybe walk in the garden, or, observing social distancing of 2 metres, in your local neighbourhood.
  • If you can’t get outside, there are plenty of indoor exercise programmes available on line and free!
  • Cook together!
  • Practice relaxation techniques: whatever floats your boat, yoga, meditation, or just some good slow deep breathing.
  • Sleep well: turn off all screens, tv, tablet, mobile, at least an hour before bed. You can set your phone to emit a warmer, less stimulating light at a chosen time to calm things down

Keep in touch – we have a Facebook page just for you. Tell us how you are making the most of isolation, share your tips, tell us what you’ve been up to, send us pictures too. We’d love your questions as well.

Bookmark these links to our website and check in often.

Further information

Are you worried about a UK Lockdown?
Despite the social distancing advice, there is no enforcement from the government to actually do that, and a state-sanctioned ban has not been put in place. The vagueness of the orders have thrown up confusion for a lot of people, especially our Carers and clients.

Countries like Italy and France have already imposed mandatory lockdowns to help protect their populations from Covid-19. In Italy, citizens had to make an application to prove that their planned travel was necessary, and in France, only the most essential trips are allowed to be made. Extra police patrol the streets of cities like Paris, handing out fines of up to €350 (around £330) to those who flout the rules without good reason. In most countries affected by lockdowns, residents are still allowed out to stock up on supplies from grocery stores, or to exercise – at a safe distance from others.

Could a lockdown happen in the UK?
As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise, it’s clear that more dramatic measures may be needed to stem its spread. It is possible that the UK could follow the examples set by its European counterparts and introduce tougher controls.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam – leader of the Health Protection Research Group at Nottingham University – told the BBC: “We are following the science very carefully and consider the measures we announced yesterday have been announced at the right time – not too early and certainly not too late. We don’t rule out taking further measures if these are necessary but much of this depends on how the next two weeks play out.”

Whether any enforced lockdown is applied countrywide, or only to major towns and cities, remains to be seen, but government officials are doing everything they can to reassure the public that life will go on as normal for as long as it can.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said there are currently no plans to shut down bars and restaurants and order people off the streets but that ministers would be guided by the scientific evidence: “We will take the incredibly tough decisions that are sometimes needed in order to ensure the safety of the population. The Prime Minister has at every stage in terms of dealing with this demonstrated that he will provide the leadership that is required in order to deal with some of the most difficult decisions that any prime minister has ever had to deal with in peacetime. But, as the Prime Minister has said, there are certainly no plans to do so at the moment.”

And Downing Street has dismissed suggestions of a travel ban in and around the capital entirely. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “There are no plans to close down the transport network in London and there is zero prospect of any restrictions being placed on travelling in and out of London.”

How long could a lockdown last?
Professor Van-Tam could not rule out the strict measures having to last for a year but predicted they will last at least “several months”. He told Today that more people will encounter the coronavirus and become resistant with so-called herd immunity, but said “that will take time”. “But, yes, you’re absolutely right that we can’t say how long this will need to go on for,” he said.

We will be here to support you, whatever happens, and will issue advice whenever you need it.

In the meantime:

  • Keep washing your hands
  • Restrict movement outside the home with and without your client
  • Check in to our social media pages and website for up to the minute news and advice

We’ll be updating this page with advice, information and tips so check back often.

If you have any questions please contact your booking team.