Important coronavirus information for unpaid carers
Please see some useful information and links for the most up to date information during the coronavirus crisis.
– Page updated 4th May 2020 –
The government has released the latest guidance for unpaid carers
Government guidance for unpaid carers
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for carers
Please see the guidance relating to PPE for carers including PPE requirements, items, how to order and using PPE correctly.
Please read this important notice from Public Health England – Personal protective equipment (PPE) – resource for care workers delivering homecare during sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK
How to use PPE, including a video:
Infection control – Best practice hand wash
Information on laundry and waste disposal – Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Free online infection control courses – Prevention & Control of Infection NCFE/CACHE Level 2 Certificate
Coronavirus testing for carers
The Coronavirus National Testing Programme has now expanded to include essential workers and anyone over 65 years of age who need to self-isolate due to having coronavirus-like symptoms or because a member of their household has symptoms.
Please see the GOV.UK website for full details: Apply for a coronavirus test
Many providers including ourselves have training available online.
Training is just as important as it has ever been.
Training via The Disability Resource Centre:
Wellbeing – We have two new online courses available from The Disability Resource Centre:
The Best of Me
Learning opportunities are available for coronavirus awareness training. This includes: Coronavirus Awareness Training – CCG
Skills for Care:
Other online learning opportunities – There are many distance learning courses available through local colleges that can be completed online including:
Common Health Conditions
Understanding Mental Health
Working in Adult Social Care
Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Difficulties
Check our local colleges for the latest online learning courses:
More useful links
There are many local support groups who can help with shopping, including those on the Covid Mutual Aid website.
We built a special page with the latest coronavirus information for older people and vulnerable people.
Coronavirus guidance from Skills for Care including residential care, supported living and home care guidance, with guidance on key workers.
Help with food and essential supplies
If you or the person you care for has a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register for help from the government with deliveries of food and essential supplies.
Register for help if you are extremely vulnerable on the government website.
Local foodbanks – Get the latest information about food banks in our area:
Luton Borough Council
Citizens Advice Bureau
Paying your utility bills
Paying your rent or mortgage
Help for the self employed
Managing your money
We are here to help
You can contact our telephone helpline on 0300 303 0201 open Monday to Friday in office hours and on Tuesdays we are open for telephone calls until 7pm. Or send us an email.
We are here with a listening ear too, offering emotional support to unpaid carers in Luton.
Attend one of virtual coffee mornings on
We can help with information and advice on the range of topics and connect you to other local services
Speak to The Disability Resource Centre regarding your equipment needs on 01582 470900 our visit the website