Providing support for vulnerable people in Surrey during the Covid-19 pandemic

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We are key workers and can’t stay at home! At Guardian Angel Carers, it’s business as usual and we are out in the Spelthorne & Runnymede communities, providing support for the vulnerable.

These are uncertain times and we are following the advice of the government as well as picking up extra measures to keep our clients happy, safe and supported.

As key workers, we have priority to many facilities and we are still out and about. We can provide vulnerable people with a lifeline without families needing to put themselves at risk.

As the situation with coronavirus evolves, it’s important to know what is available.

Help with shopping 

We have been so blessed that when visiting supermarkets and corner shops, our CareAngels have been allowed us to skip the queue, be allowed early entry and be considered a priority. Thank you Surrey community for your kindness!

In the current situation, food shopping is a stress that vulnerable people don’t need to be doing themselves. We would much rather do it for them! 

Some supermarkets and shops have dedicated certain services including shopping at quieter times of the day, priority deliveries and rationing of essentials to help ensure items are in stock. If you would like to have a delivery slot, then our CareAngels can arrange this for you. They can also arrange for you to have deliveries from local smaller shops who may be doing vegetable boxes and other goods deliveries. 

Providing medical needs, supplies and care 

The government measures allow you to leave your house to provide care or help for a vulnerable and elderly person. Many family members have taken on during the crisis but might be struggling themselves. We can take the pressure off by; 

  • Reaching vulnerable people in the local area when other family members can’t or they are self-isolating 
  • Providing shopping and cooking meals for the vulnerable 
  • Ensuring vulnerable people are still taking their medications despite upset routines
  • Help with dressing and other personal care needs. 
  • Collecting prescriptions from the pharmacy

If you are providing care for another, you should ensure that you do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements, we are happy to provide temporary solutions if you need them.

Helping our clients to keep active

Vulnerable people need their personal exercise too. Just getting out into the garden can help the cooped up feeling. We can help get vulnerable people into their garden or where getting out isn’t an option, we’ve also found some great chairobics online videos! We are also advising that our clients: 

  • Eat healthy and well-balanced meals
  • Drink plenty of water 
  • Get natural sunlight
  • Include light exercise in your daily routine.  

Helping our clients stay connected

The Health Secretary has advised that all people over the age of 70 should self-isolate for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. This means, they must stay at home at all times and avoid all face-to-face contact, except from their carer and those continuing to provide essential medical care. 

We have been helping our clients set up Facetime, video calls, phone calls, mobile phones, anything that will help them to keep in touch. We are also still providing our tea chats service for those who are lonely and need a little bit of help around the home.

Looking for a little bit of support?

If you, or someone you know is feeling lonely, vulnerable and/or needs a little bit of help to see them through this difficult time, give us a call. We can provide all kinds of care packages; full time, part time, temporary, overnight, short visits. We service Spelthorne and Runnymede so don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are here to help. Stay safe, and stay well!

Call us on 01784 611611 to talk to us.