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Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest updates for residents

Introduction

During the coronavirus pandemic, North Tyneside Council adult social care services will continue caring for and supporting some of the most vulnerable residents who depend on us in the current challenging circumstances. 

We are evolving and responding to the issues we face around social distancing and looking after you and your family, as well as our own families. It remains our highest priority to care for vulnerable adults, the frail, elderly and our communities. 

Adult social care services are following Government guidance in relation to COVID-19.  Our service providers have business continuity plans in place to respond and adapt to the changing picture COVID-19 presents. 

Here you will find up to date information about how our services are operating and to help you keep informed, safe and well.

 

Staying Safe

Residents and visitors are being reminded to stay indoors, stay safe and protect the NHS.
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave your home for very limited, essential purposes and where possible you should do so in your local area, to avoid unnecessary travel during the outbreak. Limited purposes include:

 

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

Some of our residents will have received a letter from the NHS, asking them to safely self-isolate at home for 12 weeks to ‘shield’ themselves from COVID-19 (corona-virus). 

As part of the arrangements the Government has put in place to help people who have been asked to self-isolate in this way, each local authority is setting up a local support hub. This local support hub is in place to provide non-medical help for any-one who does not have any support from family, friends or carers. 

Through the support hub that North Tyneside Council has put in place, we will be contacting everyone we understand is registered with the NHS as being in need of help via telephone. 

Please contact our COVID-19 Support Hub if you feel that you need any non-medical help.

You can do this by calling 0345 2000 101 and selecting ‘option 1’. 

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Alternatively, you can contact us via contact.us@northtyneside.gov.uk

Please tell the COVID–19 help line that you are on the NHS list and have received this letter.

Support will be provided through a joint team of both council staff and a volunteer network that has been set up across North Tyneside. Please remember that anyone who needs to come into your home to provide the support you need will always carry an identification card and everyone providing the support will have been through the appropriate security checks to make sure that we keep people safe. 

Our Public Health team have also produced some useful information about social distancing and staying safe here.

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and those in your household getting coronavirus:

 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Gateway

Our Gateway team continue to operate to support residents from a telephone contact centre based at Cobalt Business Park.

Gateway is the first point of contact for social care queries and referrals for both children and adults’ services. Our fully trained staff will listen to your enquiry and deal with it as efficiently as possible by offering advice and information, signposting to help you to help yourself, or referring you to one of our specialist teams if this option isn't right for you.

The Welfare Assistance team deliver the local welfare provision service to ensure that customers are assisted at times of crisis and to enable them to build resilience for the future.

Gateway is available from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 4:30pm Fridays.

Contact Gateway by telephone on0191 643 2777
or by e-mailing asccontact.centre@northtyneside.gov.uk

If you are worried about the safeguarding of an adult you can report concerns through: 

Gateway 
or 
My Care

You can find more information from our safeguarding team here 

Self help

The SIGN Directory launches their COVID-19 support to residents

The SIGN Directory  is an online directory of community support and services for the residents of North Tyneside. 

Organisations and providers listed on the directory have adapted where possible to continue to operate their support and services for residents.

SIGN Directory now features a new search category offering Covid-19 Support 
with sub categories for:- 

You can search for support using the links above or use the index to search for the tags: Covid-19 Practical Support and Covid-19 Emotional Support.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some of the wider services or events listed in the SIGN Directory may not be operating presently.

If you are unsure if a service or event is running please contact the individual providers to find out more.

Exercising at home

It’s important to remain mobile as it reduces the likelihood of falls by improving your mobility and balance. Exercise is also important to maintain your physical and mental health in general. 

Our partners,  Sport Works  have uploaded a full stretch and flex video you can follow at home whilst self- isolating due to COVID-19.

If you use social media channels, they have also been uploading a daily stretch on: 

Instagram   
Facebook   
Twitter 
Youtube 

Carer’s Allowance easements

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has introduced two important temporary measures to help unpaid carers through the current emergency.

Unpaid carers will be able to continue to claim Carer’s Allowance if they have a temporary break in caring, because they or the person they care for gets coronavirus or if they have to isolate because of it. Under normal rules there are restrictions on breaks in care, but these have been lifted.
Providing emotional support rather than the more traditional forms of care to a disabled person will also now count towards the Carer’s Allowance threshold of 35 hours of care a week.

Further Information

Local GP's have recomended the Patient website as a good source of information for residents. 

Proposed Pooled Fund relating to COVID-19 - Consultation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has put in place arrangements to provide funds to enable the NHS to fully fund the cost of new or extended out-of-hospital health and social care support packages.

We are required to consult on the proposal, please see our engagement page for further infurmation. 

Safeguarding

Please see information around coronavirus and safeguarding adults and scams here 

If you are worried about the safety of an adult you can report concerns through:  

Gateway team 
or 
My Care 
 
Safeguarding volunteers

A significant number of local residents have come forward to support residents who cannot access the community for food and other essential supplies. These volunteers are also helping to ensure vulnerable residents are safe.

North Tyneside-based charity VODA is coordinating volunteers. If you wish to volunteer please visit www.voda.org.uk or call 0191 643 2626 for more information.

This short video is for volunteers and is about recognising and reporting any concerns about the safety of a resident. It is available via YouTube and is accessible on laptops, tables and Smart Phones: 
 

The video is 3 minutes long and gives simple messages about:

  • If you see something say something,
  • That as volunteers you have a safeguarding role,
  • Flags that some people may volunteer for the wrong reason and
  • Tells volunteers we want them to be safe too

Waltham Forest have shared this video with North Tyneside and Northumberland Safeguarding Adults Board and The Safeguarding Children Partnership. This has been endorsed by both partnerships.
The North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network are working to ensure support and information is available to help people stay safe and well, and to manage their mental health and wellbeing. This is especially important during this difficult and stressful time. Please see the link below to access the Suicide Prevention Network.
NENC Suicide Prevention Network Website: www.stopsuicidenenc.org
 

Accessibility

Information on coronavirus in additional formats and languages.

Public Health England has published:

Easy read guides on:

Guidance in other languages including Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu:

For guidance in British Sign Language (BSL):

Signhealth is producing videos explaining the latest information and health advice in BSL. New videos are being uploaded as information becomes available.
Daily updates from the Government are also available with BSL interpretation at 5pm on BBC 107 or 231 and on BBC iPlayer.

Advice for the parents of deaf children can be found via the National Deaf Children’s Society.

For blind people and people with sight loss:

The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) is publishing it’s latest Covid-19 news and guides.