Family Carers Support During Coronavirus
Information, Advice and Guidance
Southend Carers has a lot of information for carers and professionals on their website, including a carers handbook and a dedicated Coronavirus page that is regularly updated. They also post update on their Facebook page and Twitter page.
If people are unable to find the information they require online (or are unable to access the internet) carers can also contact Southend Carers directly for information, advice and guidance on anything related to their caring role either by email or call 01702 393933.
Carers Uk also provide information and support. You can contract them by phone on 0808 808 7777 from Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm or by email. The Carers UK website also includes a lot of information and advice.
Age Concern can provide information on a range of social activities that are available and sources of support to help with mobility and handyman services. Please call 01702 345373 or email email@example.com.
Dementia Community Support Team
For carers of people with dementia the Dementia Community Support Team are available by telephone / video calling for information, advice and support to anyone with a diagnosis of dementia and those who care for them along with those who may have concerns about their memory or cognition. The DCST can help with many aspects of dementia support including:
- information about community services
- information about Covid-19 info line
- welfare checks
- day to day activities and occupation
- support with benefits
- concerns over lack of appointments with your GP
- carer concerns and worries / feelings of struggling to cope
- support for accessing emergency respite
Supporting older people and people living dementia during self isolation. This guidance from the British Psychological Society provides information and advice on remaining connected and staying active during the pandemic. The guidance also includes helpful advice on how to help people with dementia understand and follow Covid-19 advice.
Peer support and Activities to Support Health and Wellbeing
Some carers peer support groups are continuing via Zoom such as a book group, craft group and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder group.
Contact Southend Carers by phone 01702 393933 or email.
Trust Links have daily livestreaming activities to promote wellbeing and mental health and connect people to one another (note these are not carers specific):
Monday to Friday
- 10am wellbeing tips
- 11am Learn and practice a skill
- 1pm Live question time
- 3pm virtual tours and gardening tips from the community garden.
Action for Family Carers have a number of free sessions and activities to support the wellbeing of carers across every district of Essex, including Southend. The weekly sessions include:
- wellbeing check-in
- Stretch, Release and Relax
- learn to meditate
- Relaxation with Anna.
- the charity also provides regular Feel Good Walks and Visits
Visit their website to find out more or call 0300 7708090.
Sport for Confidence Support for Carers - Come an join our carers community whilst trying our a new activity. Sport for Confidence are offering the following sessions for carers in Southend. All sessions are currently online via zoom:
- Monday 11am – Wake up Walk. An aerobic based step workout
- Monday 1pm – Focus on Fitness. A strength based workout using everyday objects
- Monday 2pm – Virtual Boccia Skills. A team based sport, accessible to all
- Monday 3pm – Sensory wind down walk. A low intensity step based activity session
- Thursdays 2pm – Love to Move. An age and dementia friendly seated gymnastics programme
Each session are tailored to the needs of the group with support from a coach and occupational therapist. You are welcome to come by yourself or you can bring the person you care for.
If you would like to attend please contact Siobhan Fuller on 07719557862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For carers who support someone with a dementia diagnosis, Dementia Adventure are offering online Dementia Support Sessions providing practical hints and tips to help you remain occupied and stay connected.
Everyone Health offers free help, advice and support with every aspect of health, fitness and wellbeing – not just to support your physical health but mental wellbeing too. Their services are free for people aged 16 and above in Southend. Example of support available:
- Health trainer - opportunity to work with a health trainer who can help you to set realistic health related goals and offer support and understanding every step of the way
- Physical activity – support from highly trained instructors to help you increase your activity
- Weight management – support to help you eat more healthily and maintain a healthy weight
For more information contact Everyone Health at 0333 005 0095 or by email.
The Project 49 ‘Keep In Touch’ Facebook group is run by Project 49, where despite social distancing, we can still be together during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. They are welcoming new members into the Facebook group, just click on the link and request to join the group. Anyone can join, this group is not carer specific. Or, if you are not on Facebook, but would still like to join in with our Zoom sessions then you can join these from our Project 49 Facebook page. Example of session on offer:
- poetry and spoken word
- Fight Club – an upbeat call and response fitness session
- yoga sessions – seated and floor
- movie club
- Capoeira – Brazilian martial arts
Dharma in Pyjamas daily meditation sessions are also available over zoom. Anyone can join.
If you are a young carer and would like to talk to someone for support or to receive an activity pack for you and your family please contact any of the following Southend-on-Sea Borough Council officers:
- Eleanor Lock: 07789 943430
- Jackie Byram: 07771 617369
Southend Carers also provide some support for young carers, please visit the Southend Carers website for information about the Young Carers Project.
Telephone, Befriending and Listening Support
Trust Links is continuing its listening support over the telephone and Skype. Contact Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or email us.
A telephone support service is also available from Southend Carers, with a focus on the isolated, elderly and vulnerable. Please contact Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or email us.
Age Concern are providing telephone befriending support to anyone over the age of 50. This is not carer specific. Please call 01702 345373 or email email@example.com.
One to one carers counselling from Trust Links is continuing over the telephone and via Skype. Contact Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or email us. This counselling is available to all adult carers in Southend.
Therapy For You provide a range of therapeutic support such as online course, one to one support over the phone and CBT. This is not carers specific, for more information visit the Therapy for You website or call 01268 739 128.
Breaks from caring (commonly referred to as respite)
If you are unable to get support from family or friends and need a break from your caring role, SPDNS Homecare can provide respite support from a trained member of staff for any carer. This can be a one off for a few hours to enable a carer to attend, for example, a doctor’s appointment or can be for a longer depending on need. This support is available to all adult carers caring for someone over the age of 18. To access this support please contact Southend Carers via by email or call 01702 393933.
Carers Emergency Planning and Support
We advise all carers to think about creating an emergency plan that sets out what will happen to the person you care for in case you are suddenly not able to care for those you look after at any point in the future.
If you would like support creating a plan, Southend Carers can support adult carers who are caring for someone over the age of 18, to develop an emergency plan to help you plan for the unexpected so their loved one is cared if they are suddenly unable to provide care and support. Please visit Southend Carers website for more information or contact Southend Carers directly either by email or call 01702 393933.
Carers Emergency Plan Services (CERS) is available to provide support for the cared for by a trained member of staff if the carer is suddenly unable to continue providing care because of illness or other emergency. You can register for this service by contacting Southend Carers either by email or call 01702 393933. This service is available for all adult carers caring for someone over the age of 18.
If you are already registered with CERS, please call Ashley Care 01702 343789 option 5 (Office hours) and 07872 637341 (Out of Office hours) in an emergency.
Online Guidance and Advice For Carers
Significant Care is a free tool designed to help cares sport the early signs of deterioration in the health of those they care for and to make good decisions about what to do to help. Significant Care has been developed by UCLPartners, in partnership with NELFT, Care City and Basildon and Brentwood CCG
The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance for carers of adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus outbreak.