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Advice for carers

Currently there is no additional advice for carers and there is no additional risk to being in the workplace if employees are practicing good hygiene before returning home. However, if a member of employees lives in a household with someone who is in the shielded group, they should only attend work only if social distancing can be adhered to Managers should allow employees who live with someone in the shielded group to work from home where possible.

For reference, the highest standard of infection control – for clinical professionals in hospital settings recommends:

When your shift finishes

  • Wash hands and forearms with soap and water and dry them
  • Remove uniform/clothes and bag these, changing into fresh clothes

When you arrive home

  • Wash your hands again
  • Keep your clothes bagged, or immediately put them in the machine and wash by itself at the highest temperature fabric can tolerate. Then iron or tumble dry
  • Throw away the plastic bag that you carried your uniform in
  • Wipe down your phone

You may want to plan at this time for how the individual you care for would manage if you needed to self-isolate due to symptoms and start to think this through with relatives and friends.

You can find out more about the BCC Working Carer’s Network by clicking here: https://intranet.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20092/employeenetworks/1068/workingcarersnetwork

The city council funded Carers Hub is a one-stop shop for all age, citywide carer support service.

They can link carers to a number of specialist bespoke services, such as Young Carers, Dementia, and Mental Health support.

We recognise the city’s unpaid carers as ‘partners in care’ and it’s important that carers are recognised as ‘Key Workers’.

Carers who register with the Hub can benefit from a wide range of support and services.

The ‘Birmingham Carers Card’ is a photo ID, that supports the council’s logo and confirms a carers status as a key worker. Carers are benefiting from priority access to supermarkets and access other discounted goods and services.

Our lead Commissioner for carer support services is a carer himself. Gordon Strachan is hosting a weekly BCC working carers Teams Meeting drop-in, midday to 1pm every Friday.

The meeting goes by the name of the ' The Decompression Chamber for working carers' and by all accounts it does exactly what it says on the tin!

Birmingham Carers Hub can be contacted on 0333 006 9711.

This guidance is subject to change in line with national guidance, so please ensure that you are using the most up to date version.

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