Everyone should now be following the ‘stay at home’ guidance. Again to re-emphasis this is particularly important for those in at risk groups or coming into close contact with these individuals. The guidance is designed to minimise social contact and emphasis you should only leave the home for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
Even when doing the prescribed activities above, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensure that you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
This is important for everyone, but even vitally important for you as your clients will often be included in the higher risk groups. If you work with multiple clients you will need to play close attention to all of the recommended steps to avoid contamination between clients.
You should discuss your care routine with the care recipient and their family directly to ensure suitable precautions are being taken. If your client is one of the 1.5m people instructed to “shield” from the virus they have been instructed to avoid all outside contact, so additional precautions may need to be taken.