GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO GUIDANCE FOR THE VULNERABLE WHO HAVE BEEN SHIELDING:
Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6th July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced. For full details please click here.
The advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people shielding is changing. From 6th July, those shielding will be able to:
- meet outdoors in groups of up to six people they do not live with
- create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household
To see a copy of the letter that the government have sent on 22nd June to those patients who are shielding regarding the latest changes please click here.
Government changes to advice for vulnerable people who have been shielding: On 31st May the government confirmed that extremely vulnerable people who have been “shielding” in England can now safely spend time outdoors.Extremely vulnerable people will be able to go outside with members of their household, while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.Those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household. For full details please click here.
ASSISTANCE FOR THE ELDERLY
Emergency support from Age UK Milton Keynes: During this difficult time AGE UK are offering emergency shopping trips, prescription collecting, providing essential food packs and delivering meals to residents of Milton Keynes aged over 70 who do not have existing support. Please visit the AGE UK website for further details and how to contact them: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/miltonkeynes/. Residents can call the charity's main telephone line 01908 550700 (Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm) should they need support. Please also see the Age UK Milton Keynes Facebook page here for local information,
If there are individuals within our community that need help from AGE UK, there is an Age UK MK referral form. If you know someone that you think would benefit from this support, then please complete this form and send to email@example.com or Paula.Ayers@AgeUKMiltonkeynes.org.uk.
STONY STRATFORD CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT GROUP
Please also see our page on the Stony Stratford Coronavirus Support Group who will be helping the elderly and vulnerable in our area.
ASSISTANCE WITH MEDICATION & FOOD FOR HIGH RISK GROUPS
NHS Volunteer Responders
Assistance from Milton Keynes Council
If you you are in a high risk category (eg over 70, you would usually be eligible for a flu jab, or you are pregnant) and have no other local support (eg friends/family/neighbours) and need help to access food or medicine, please call Adult Social Care on 01908 252398.
MK Council has set up a Local Support Service which is providing a vital lifeline to vulnerable MK residents during the coronavirus outbreak. The service is there for people who have registered with Government as ‘extremely vulnerable’ and who need extra help, and for other residents who are self-isolating and do not have family, friends or neighbours to support them. You can find out more here.
AGE UK: HELPING WITH LONELINESS
Loneliness and being isolated from your family & friends often leaves people with feelings of sadness or distress. Our Telephone Befriending staff & volunteers are busy making a difference to the older residents of Milton Keynes by making sure they still feel connected with the outside world and to reassure them that people care in these difficult times. If you know of an older person that could do with a regular call for a friendly chat and welfare check please do get in contact with us on 01908 550700.
DEMENTIA INFORMATION SERVICE AT THE ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY
The Dementia Information Service team at Alzheimer’s Society are still here for people with dementia and their carers in Milton Keynes. Although we are unable to take referrals for support visits in people’s home we are still providing support to people over the phone, by Skype and email. Our Dementia Support Workers are working hard to deliver guidance and information to people who need support relating to dementia. We are also able to give advice regarding coronavirus and tips if dementia makes it difficult to follow NHS or government advice and we can signpost to other reliable sources for shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.
Please refer to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07784 224494 or 07484 516433 to speak to a Dementia Support Worker
The Dementia Connect support line at Alzheimer’s Society is open 7 days a week for information, support and advice: 0333 150 345.
SUPPORT & SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH SIGHT & HEARING LOSS
The Sensory Advice Resource Centre (*SARC) is funded by Milton Keynes Council to provide support for people living in the Milton Keynes Council area who have a diagnosed sight or hearing loss. As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, the team are currently working remotely, but are still able to respond to requests for support. For further information on support please go to: https://www.sarc-bid.org.uk/coronavirus-update-we-are-still-open/
They are receiving a number of requests from people who are not able to get their hearing aid batteries from the GP surgery as usual. In response to this, they are now able to post out a limited number of hearing aid batteries on request. They can also post out replacement hearing aid tubing and give advice over the phone, by email or SMS about any issues around sight and hearing loss.
ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
For government information on supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults please click here.
Coronavirus brings new challenges for people already living with domestic abuse.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation at home, you can contact:
• MK Act Crisis Service Helpline on 0344 375 4307 in office hours
• National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 274 anytime
• In an emergency call 999
For information about the National Domestic Abuse Services & Helpline please see here.