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Charities support the elderly in coronavirus self-isolation

Charites and support groups around the UK are being set up to help older people who have chosen to self-isolate as a preventative measure against coronavirus. 

Age UK changes advice on elderly care

Age UK have recently changed its advice in relation to the illness and is now advising friends and family of elderly people keep in touch via phone calls if their older loved one feels nervous about personal contact. The charity highlighted that it’s important the elderly feel supported without putting them at risk of contracting the virus. 

The charity director of Age UK, Caroline Abrahams, said: “The coronavirus outbreak is obviously a huge worry and looks likely to be challenging for our older population, so it is more important than ever to be vigilant and look out for older friends, neighbours and relatives to make sure they’re OK.” 

Online clinics support those in self-isolation

A group of Oxford therapists have set up a free, online clinic that offers emotional support and practical advice for vulnerable older people who are in self-isolation. Dubbed ‘the Help Hub’, the online clinic is made up of around 20 therapists who provide free 10-minute sessions for North Oxford residents via video chat. Ruth Chaloner, the founder of the service, explains the reasons behind the clinic, believing it will “be both a practical and an emotional community service for those who are feeling isolated, scared, and panicked by the recent outbreak of Covid-19.” 

She goes on to explain that the older generation may not fully understand the precautions needed to avoid the virus or its effects. She said this generation “think all they need to do is stay at home – and if they contract the disease, they’ll die and that’s inevitable. That’s not the case: if they’re staying at home, we can help them emotionally and practically.”

How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus

The latest advice from the NHS is to take the following measures to protect both yourself and others: 

  • Thoroughly wash hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds 
  • Wash your hands when arriving home or at work
  • Use hand sanitiser if you don’t have access to soap and water
  • Always cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze 
  • Throw tissues away and wash your hands immediately 
  • Avoid close contact with those who are unwell 
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth and nose with unclean hands

All the staff at Old Alresford Cottage, a renowned care home in Winchester, are fully trained and kept up to date with the latest advice regarding coronavirus to help keep everyone at our welcoming care home healthy and safe. To find out more, get in touch with the team today on 01962 734121