Please CLICK HERE to view the NHS website for latest guidance on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.


You can now register for extra support from volunteers if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. Please click here to register.


New guidance from the government states everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

 

Homecare services are part of the wider network of social care organisations.  They have been confirmed by Government as one of the groups acting as an essential partner to our National Health Service (NHS) in combating COVID-19.

This means if you are a PA/Support Worker you can leave your home to travel to and from work as these roles have been deemed essential. You must carry your ID badge with you when travelling to and from work. You should also have received a letter from HomeCareDirect confirming your status as a “key worker” which you should carry with you.


What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

 

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • – a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • – a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

You can use the online 111 Coronavirus service to assess your symptoms and get advice on what to do next.

Only call 111 if you can’t get help online.

Please get in touch with HomeCareDirect Head Office (0345 061 9000) if you have either of the above symptoms.


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We will keep you updated as the situation changes. If you have any questions please contact Head Office on 0345 061 9000 and speak to the Independent Living Team.


Employment Information in Relation to Time Off Due to Coronavirus

 

Please see the below information in relation to employment should you be affected by the current Coronavirus outbreak.

If the employees are able to work from home:

  • Working from Home (advised self-isolation) – This can be requested if employees have been told by a medical professional to self-isolate. (Entitled to Statutory Sick Pay)
  • Working from Home (company precautions) – if the employer sends employees home as a precaution. (Paid Time)
  • Working from Home (self-isolation) – This can be requested if employees choose to self-isolate but have not been advised to by a medical professional and have no symptoms. (Unpaid)
  • Working from Home (dependent care) – This can be requested if an employee’s children are sent home because of school closure. (Unpaid parental leave).

If employees are not able to work from home, they could be granted emergency time off:

  • Emergency Time Off (advised self-isolation) – This can be requested if employees have been told by a medical professional to self-isolate (entitled to Statutory Sick Pay).
  • Emergency Time Off (company precautions) – If the employer sends people home as a precaution (should get normal pay)
  • Emergency Time Off (self-isolation) – This can be requested if employees choose to self-isolate but have not been advised to by a medical professional and have no symptoms (unpaid leave).
  • Emergency Time Off (dependent care) – This can be requested if an employee’s children are sent home because of school closure (unpaid parental leave).

 

Self Isolation and Sick Pay

 

The government has stated that an employee or worker should receive any Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) due to them if they need to self-isolate because they have:

  • Coronavirus (usually 14 days of self-isolation)
  • A high temperature or new continuous cough (usually 7 days of self-isolation)
  • Been told to self-isolate by a doctor or NHS 111

Annual Leave requests for these periods will be considered – please speak to your Care Facilitator or the HR Department on 0345 061 9000.

Our Community Nurse Assessors are developing individual risk assessments for all clients, which will be sent out to give guidance on minimising the risk of transmission, and contingencies should the client or the Personal Assistant contract the virus or be in a position where they are unable to work due to self-isolation or emergency time off for dependents.

Our Independent Living team will be speaking to all staff over the coming days.