COVID-19 treatment - what about us?
Are you concerned as a disabled or older person how you would be treated if you contracted the COVID-19 virus?
Disability Rights UK have underlined the principle that:
the NHS is for all of us and that judgements about our lives should in no way influence the treatment we are entitled to receive.
What has been the impact of COVID-19 on older and disabled people in the UK?
Important UK government advice
Coronavirus information in other languages
Useful phone numbers
Scope helpline - support or advice for disabled people
freephone: 0808 800 3333
textphone: Use Type Talk by dialling 18001 from a textphone followed by 0808 800 3333
Older People - Silverline 24 hr freephone advice: 0800 470 8090
If you need help to get care or essential supplies like food – register online
You don’t need to have been contacted by the NHS.
Finding help and support nearby
Covid Mutual Aid UK are a network of independent community groups supporting vulnerable people.
If you feel vulnerable or not sure about things
Vulnerable means for example, if you have severe asthma or cancer.
- avoiding face to face contact with other people
- staying at home for 12 weeks
If you think you’re vulnerable and the NHS hasn’t contacted you, contact your GP or Doctor.
An easy read guide to Coronavirus
Coronavirus videos in BSL
Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak
Getting cash if you're self isolating
The Post Office has launched a scheme to help self-isolating people or vulnerable people access cash with the help of a family member, support worker or carer. Under the Fast PACE system, contact your bank and check they can use the service. Then you can write a cheque to "The Post Office", print the name on the back of the cheque of the person collecting it for you and sign that side too.
Coronavirus guidance from other charities
Dealing with anxiety, mental health and difficulties
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you - available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For blind or partially sighted people
For carers of someone living with dementia
Alzheimer’s Society offer a telephone support line – Dementia Connect Support Line on 0333 150 3456.
Coping - be calm, stay wise, be kind
For Deaf and hard of hearing people
For autistic people and their families
Online discussion forum for autistic people and their family/network
For autistic children and young people, their parents and carers:
For people with Aspergers, partners and families
Care support and benefits advice
For more information about other questions such as:
- Paying your bills
- Going to work
- the 'Coronavirus Job Retention scheme'
- Taking your children to school if you’re a ‘critical worker’.
- Taking your children to school if they’ve an Education, Health and Care Plan
- Benefits you can claim
- Getting an ‘isolation note’ online to prove to your employer you need to stay off work
- If you can’t pay your rent.
Online forums of and for disabled people
The Invictus Games Choir Video
Skills improvement ... ...
Here are some ideas if you're in the skills improvement space:
TV classic comedy
Public Domain Movies – Free movies online. Classic Hollywood and British films, including some real treats like 12 Angry Men, The Lodger, Day of the Triffids, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) - it's totally free and the quality's really good. You can sort by genre and also by popularity and rating to find your favourites quickly!
Online interest - virtual tourism
Virtual Park Visits
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Important research you can help with
COVID-19 Symptom Tracker is an app from researchers at Guy’s & St Thomas’ & King’s College aims to help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner.
- You can help by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well 🙏🏼.
- Share the app and share your “well/ill” status
- Your data can make all the difference for the policy makers to get early warnings of upcoming "hot spot" areas.
- It all helps. Thank you so very.
And finally, for goodness sake, beware of online scams
Thank you for reading so far down this webpage
Stay safe and we wish you well.