Free PPE on offer to unpaid carers in Hertfordshire
Free personal protective equipment (PPE) is available to carers in Hertfordshire following an update in Government advice.
Michèle Stokes, chief executive of Hertford-based charity Carers in Hertfordshire, said: “Although we have been providing PPE to carers when they have asked for it or needed it, we are pleased the Government has extended free access to PPE to unpaid carers to help them and the people they support to keep safe.
"We want to remind unpaid carers that we are there to support you throughout the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. You can contact us for information or advice related to your caring role and join in our activities online, such as workshops and support groups.”
The charity has been working with the Hertfordshire Local Resilience Forum – the task force co-ordinating the county's response to the Covid pandemic – to distribute gloves, disposable face masks, aprons and face shields to those who care for someone they do not live with.
It is not currently recommended that live-in carers wear PPE unless advised to do so by a medical professional.
If you are an unpaid carer supporting someone who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses drugs or alcohol, and you would like any PPE or to learn how else Carers in Hertfordshire can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01992 586 969.