Things to think about and support
This check-list is a good starting point to really think about what you need now, what you might need in the future and how you will go about getting this.
- Have you registered?
Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.
You can register yourself, or for someone else.Before you start
You’ll be asked for your NHS number (but you can still register if you do not have it). You can find your NHS number on any letter the NHS has sent you or on a prescription.This service is available in England. If you do not live in England, there’s guidance for:
Groceries and Supplies:
Do you have enough supplies currently and do you have a way to get food delivered?RNIB have produced some essential inks and information about supermarkets revised opening times for vulnerable people, along with some helpful tips about how these areas may be changing to protect us all and how to get a sunflower lanyard if your disability is hidden https://www.rnib.org.uk/connect-community/connect-news-and-stories/essential-links-and-information-supermarket-opening-times
Can you carry on working, including working from home? If not, can you find out your rights to payment or benefits?
Do you have enough medication?
Do you know how you can get more?
- You should continue to get your supplies from your local pharmacy
- Order your prescriptions in good time
- You should be able to order online or by telephone
- Always best to phone your pharmacist first to check your medication is there and ready
- Your family member should get these for you or have them delivered to you at home
Can you reorganise any planned therapy or treatments?
Do you know the numbers to call if you need further advice?
Call NHS 111 if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.
Call 999 if you are breathless or need emergency medical attention
Have you got ways to keep in contact with people you see regularly, like their phone numbers, email addresses?
Do you need help setting up digital communication, like a video calling app?
Can you create a routine or timetable for yourself?
And if you live with other people, should you create a household schedule?
Do you need to agree how the household will run with everyone at home all day?
Is there any physical activity you can do inside your home, like going up and down the stairs, using bean tins as weights, or exercises you can do in your chair?
There are lots of online exercise routines and ways to stay active.
Do you have a garden you can exercise in?
What about bringing nature into your home, with house plants or flowers?
Could you do some gardening?
Have you thought about how to keep yourself entertained?
What about those titles you have always wanted to read or TV shows you have always wanted to watch?
Have you got what you need to relax?
What about learning mindfulness techniques or creative writing or drawing?
Covid 19 Mutual Aid UK
This a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. They focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need. You can find out where your nearest local group is by visiting their website HERE
Check out these resources on these pages to help with this check-list and if there is anything you would like specific information on, please get in touch.
Also, if we have missed any useful information or resources which you think other families would benefit from, please let us know and we will add these to our information.