Helping People at Home
Reach Out is a project that provides companionship and practical support to older people who are medically vulnerable and at risk of hospital admission, or have recently been discharged from hospital. Reach Out can assist people by linking them up with a volunteer in their neighbourhood who can offer support to them in their own home – helping them to adjust to and recover from illness, whilst also reducing social isolation and loneliness.
Reach Out is still providing companionship and practical support to older people who are medically vulnerable and at risk of hospital admission during these difficult times. Reach Out Support Volunteers are ensuring that clients are able to connect with their local community. They can also provide support, reassurance and words of comfort during these difficult times.
Before you think about leaving your home to help others, including family and friends, make sure that you:
- do not have coronavirus symptoms, or share a house with anyone who does
- are regularly washing your hands thoroughly for more than 20 seconds
- have recently taken a lateral flow test wherever possible to ensure that you do not have coronavirus
Coronavirus – Essential Information for Keeping People Safe
Information from the UK Government is being updated on a daily basis. Always refer to the government’s website for the most up-to-date information.
The latest advice from the UK Government can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
This includes advice on what measures people should take to protect themselves from infection, guidance for businesses and employers, plus a range of other announcements.
For information on symptoms and what to do if you think you or someone you know might be infected, please head to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or use the online symptom checker at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19.