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QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS - Carers UK Forum

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSIONS

Guidance on coronavirus and a place to share concerns and support
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In view of the current crisis, please would it be possible for us to have a daily question and answer session with Carers UK?
There are so many aspects of this crisis that are causing concern amongst members.
I agree.

Given the new ball game no thanks to the Coronavirus Bill , an outside specialist in social care would not amiss.

What to do with all CHC / Needs / Carer assessments now postponed indefinitely ?

That in itself could be life threatening for almost anyone relying on outside care support.

I would consider most readers will think of the same individual as me for that task ?

Easily done with modern technology to save him traveling down from Leeds.
bowlingbun wrote: In view of the current crisis, please would it be possible for us to have a daily question and answer session with Carers UK?
There are so many aspects of this crisis that are causing concern amongst members.

as they are for whole swathes of the population !!!!!

I will pass your comments onto Michael - BUT I'm not sure that this will even be possible as I suspect that the majority of CUK staff will be working from home at the moment
There are very serious issues specifically for CARERS that we need to get across, especially this issue of carers being turned away from supermarkets.
Whilst Michael reads things here, it would be great to have some feedback about what is planned as a result.
Thanks for this helpful suggestion bowlingbun. As I'm sure you can imagine, Carers UK's helpline and policy staff are incredibly busy at the moment but I have forwarded your request for a Q&A to them and will let you know their response early next week.

We do understand that the current Coronavirus outbreak is a really worrying time for carers, and we are doing our best to support carers with information and guidance (see links below) and in our policy work . Our helpline is here to help, and I would encourage members to email us at advice@carersuk.org with their specific concerns and our helpline team will help as best as we can.

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... s-covid-19
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... er-support
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... -wellbeing

Wishing you all well over the weekend

Michael
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We realise the whole population is worried about the virus..

However, as carers we have to consider vulnerable persons needs ahead of our own.

We are already depleted, emotionally,, physically and financially.

As well as dealing with the crisis we now have our young people at home also. (, here I am talking specifically about parent carers if course)

We still have the huge amount of paperwork that we had before ..we still have to do it.

However, we now have zero support.

Carers allowance is still the same

We have to spend more money trying to source food

We have signed up with the milkman who charges more etc.

We are having to spend lots of money on buying rubber gloves etc.

Nothing extra for carers.

Prime ministers speech does not even mention unpaid carers.

We feel forgotten, and un important again.

It is totally possible to work from home.
It would be very helpful to get an educated interpretation of what the new law means in practise. What human rights do we have? What are LAs obliged to do, if anything?

I expect Carers UK will be seeking a lawyer's opinion and it would be nice for Carers UK to share it in this forum.
Best " Take " so far is from ... guess who ... as if regular readers will need one ?

http://www.lukeclements.co.uk/the-coron ... ll-update/

The Coronavirus Act 2020

March 24, 2020 admin

This briefing considers:

1. The main provisions of the Act – this section briefly describes these as they apply to social care in England and Wales;

2. Considers the key values and principles [and a short ‘rant] – values and principles that will guide the way that social services department’s must act in the coming months; and

3. Practical action where problems arise – ie the steps that elderly, ill and disabled people, and families may be able to take if their eligible care and support needs are not being met appropriately.

Worth a few minutes of ANY readers time.
Thanks Bill!
Forum members are doing our best to answer questions being posted on the fallout from coronavirus.

The absence of an acceptable carers card nationwide is now coming back to really haunt our supporting organisations as the SHOPPING thread implies.

Coronavirus Act ... suspension of supporting services ... many will now experience this first hand ... what are they to do ???

Care homes now refusing to take in elderly patients from the NHS hospital ... discharges ... dumping ... again !

Our own health ... the spectre of malnutrition and related maladies now spreading.

Finances ... need anyone say anymore on those ... even tripling CA would not help 1 in 10 / 11 !

Then , the remaining 7 million + ?

Time for Carers UK and the Carers Trust to step in by lending a hand ... what they know or not know will , at least , be greatly appreciated.

On the forum to take some of the pressure of us who have having our work / caring duties increased WITHOUT any say in the matter.

Plenty of volunteers said to have been recruited ... as far as the forum is concerned , where are they on here ?

There are a lot of worried , even frightened , people out there !

The week does not end for carers.

Clap for the NHS ?

Pray for the family carers and our kinship cousins ?
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