CHOICES AND RIGHTS DISABILITY COALITION (CARDC)

 COVID 19 UPDATE  WE ARE OPEN BUT HOME WORKING

As an organisation run and managed by disabled people, a number of our staff are classed as ‘vulnerable people who live with underlying health conditions’.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to restrict access to our offices – The majority of our staff will work from home and we will continue to provide advice and support to disabled people, their families and statutory and voluntary organisation. If you need any help, information, or paperwork, wherever possible please email us at office@choicesandrights.org.uk or email the relevant staff member if you have their details. You can still phone our office (01482) 878778 but as there will only be a skeleton staff, it may take longer than usual to return your call. Please do not call into the office in order to protect you and our staff.
Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

The government have now released guidance for people receiving direct payments. You can find this advice here . (published 21/04/20)

The Government are also extending Covid-19 Testing to included Personal assistants, you can find the government guidance about this here.

You can also find specific advice and guidance from your local authority: HULL CITY COUNCIL 

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FAQs

Will Choices and Rights still provide direct payment support services?

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to restrict access to our offices – The majority of our staff will work from home and we will continue to provide advice and support to disabled people, their families and statutory and voluntary organisation. If you need any help, information, or paperwork, wherever possible please email us at office@choicesandrights.org.uk or email the relevant staff member if you have their details. You can still phone our office (01482) 878778 but as there will only be a skeleton staff, it may take longer than usual to return your call. Please do not call into the office in order to protect you and our staff.
Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

Can I still come to the office to submit my paper work or seek advice?

No.
The Office is closed until further notice, but you can still get your information to us. We are all working remotely and still providing your direct payment. Email office@choiceandirghts.org.uk or telephone 01482878778

What do I tell my PA (s) to do during this time?

Assuming your PA employees are themselves fit and willing to attend work, they should carry on fulfilling their duties. It is essential that you and they take very seriously any new rules on health and safety procedures you implement based on government guidance. It is not just for their own protection but also to prevent the spread of infection to other people in the household, fellow colleagues and the public at large when leaving your home.

What should you do if you The NHS advises if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days.

The NHS advises if you have symptoms of Coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
After 7 days:
If you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to self-isolate
If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal.
You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 7 days. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.
If you live with someone who has symptoms of Coronavirus.
If you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.
If more than 1 person at home has symptoms, self-isolate for 14 days from the day the first person started having symptoms.
If you get symptoms, self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms start, even if it means you are self-isolating for longer than 14 days.
If you do not get symptoms, you can stop self-isolating after 14 days.

what happens if the PA has symptoms?

Self-isolating employees are legally defined as being unfit to attend work. It’s important to stay at home and self-isolate if you are displaying symptoms.
Advice about staying at home on the NHS website.
If your Personal Assistant tells you they have symptoms of COVID-19 as described on NHS website, they should stay home or you can send them home. If they earn above the Lower Employment Limit (LEL) statutory sick pay would apply from day one.
If they don’t qualify, they can check GOV.UK to see if they can get financial support in the form Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance.
The statutory sick pay (SSP) regulations 2020 (coronavirus amendment) came into force Friday 13 March. SSP will now be payable to those self-isolating merely under Government guidance so there’s no need for formal written notice to be given by a medical officer.

If your PA doesn’t want to come to work without showing symptoms

If your PA chooses not to work and there’s no identified high risk then no pay other than authorised annual leave will be given as this is an unauthorised absence.

COVID-19 testing for personal assistants

Personal Assistants (PAs) are key workers and are currently eligible for testing if they have symptoms.
Your PA can apply for a test on GOV.UK. The test is available for key workers (your PA) who currently have symptoms of COVID-19, or who live with someone who has symptoms. If this criteria changes, this will be updated on the government website.
After the test your PA will receive a text or phone call with their results.

You can ask your PA to:
let you know when they are having the test
the result when they receive it

My Personal Assistant is currently unable to support me and meet my care needs. What can I do?

Call the office on 0482878778 / email office@choicesandrights.org.uk

Personal Assistants with Children

What if my Personal Assistant’s children need to stay at home and PA cannot support me?
The government has published a list of key workers including health and social care workers. PAs are defined as care workers, therefore key workers. This means your PAs children can continue to attend school. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
The PA will need to contact their relevant school for further information.

Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Personal Assistants’ (PA’s) and Family Members during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Should we be using PPE?
Yes. If you or any member of your household is symptomatic or has a confirmed case of COVID-19, and your PA or others will be providing direct care, PPE is required. The PA as an essential worker will be eligible to receive PPE. Furthermore, if your PA normally receives PPE to support you, this should continue.

What PPE should my PA be using?

The following is a guide from Public Health England about how to use PPE during the Covid-19 Outbreak in a household setting.

Can I use my Direct Payment to buy PPE?

Call the office on 0482878778 / email office@choicesandrights.org.uk

Are the Local authorities able to supply PPE to Direct payment recipients?

Call the office on 0482878778 / email office@choicesandrights.org.uk

Can I use my direct payment funding in a more flexible way?

Call the office on 0482878778 / email office@choicesandrights.org.uk

I don’t want my PA to come to work as a family member can care for me as I feel that is less risky. Can I pay the family member instead of the PA?

Call the office on 0482878778 / email office@choicesandrights.org.uk

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. There are several known coronaviruses that infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. This coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan in China, is a new coronavirus that differs from these.
What’s the best way to prevent the spread of covid-19?
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Hull City Council

HULL CITY COUNCIL has launched a Hull Helpline (01482 300307) to support vulnerable residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline has been set up for those who may have no other means of support and who may need help to access essential items and services including food, health and wellbeing and financial advice.
It is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Residents should register their need for support through an online form which is now live on the council’s website hull.gov.uk or by calling the Hull Helpline number on 01482 300307.

 

Remember that you can follow find the latest advice from the NHS, WHO and Public health here:
Public Health – https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
World Health Organization – https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

 

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The Grab and Go guide has been designed in partnership with people with learning disabilities, families and nurses.
It gives the information that doctors and nurses will need if you go to hospital because of COVID-19 and, for example, are struggling to breathe.
It is not a replacement for the everyday, detailed hospital passport. You should update your hospital passport and take that to hospital along with the Grab and Go guide if you need to be admitted.
If you haven’t got a hospital passport you can download your local passport by searching on the internet for (hospital name) hospital passport or choose one you like from here:

https://www.autism.org.uk/about/health/hospital-passport.aspx

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/health-guides

COVID-19 Grab and Go guide Guidance notes

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0381-nhs-covid-19-grab-and-go-lda-guidance-notes.pdf 

Grab and Go Passport Form

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-04/C0381_NHS%20Covid-19%20Grab%20and%20Go%20LDA.pdf