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We know that supporting people often includes supporting families, friends and unpaid carers. See a variety of topics below to help such as isolation, shielding, resilience and using digital devices and systems.

Carers

A carer is someone who spends a significant amount of their time providing unpaid support to a family member or friend. Social care and health services in particular have an important role in ensuring that carers are at the heart of the social care system and are treated as expert partners in care, this is so relevant and important during this pandemic.

During this unprecedented time many family members have moved in with their loved ones to support them and protect them. Others are permitted to support people they care for, for example by delivering medication or shopping. They may be helping people who are vulnerable and need to be shielded.

Carers UK gives expert information and advice on COVID-19, and also offers support to people who care to protect their wellbeing.

The Government has produced guidance 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care' for those who care for others which is regularly updated.

Carers can get a range of support and allowances to help them manage financially.

 

Guidance for unpaid carers

This guidance is for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.