Together we can help to keep safe, keep well and keep calm
At a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same.
Here are five ways you can help to support yourself, your loved ones and your community.
Start a group conversation with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community, what the needs of each person will be and how you can support people who are self-isolating at home. Consider using technology to communicate such as WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and/or email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable but be aware that some people will not want to share contact details. Set up a call/message tag system but stay safe – leave deliveries at the door/don’t let strangers into your home. Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
Plan ways to provide practical care for those who might be at greater risk. Think about what medication they may need and update prescription requests. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. Provide a trusted person with your spare key in case someone needs to get into your home. Think about who could look after your children or pets if you become unwell. For the most up to date guidance on who should self isolate visit the NHS website.
Identify and set up an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you needs access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.#
If you are self-isolating create a daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. You could try reading more or watching movies, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing, increased cleaning routines and Public Health advice. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands.
You may want to share your skills, time or resources by volunteering for a local organisation that help people, or you may want to donate money, food or supplies to your local food bank. You can find links to these organisations listed below.
Below are useful links to help you during this challenging time:
- A mind plan to help you feel more in control
- 10 minute home workouts
- Plans for staying at home or indoors
- Information about taking care you mental health and wellbeing
- Checklist to help you prepare for two weeks at home
- Ways to stay active in your home
- The latest stay home guidance around Covid-19
- Local organising to help support the most vulnerable in our communities
- Support for older people in Solihull through phone calls or video calls
- How to help an isolated older person