Carer's support letter for additional assistance
The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have developed a Carer Support Letter for carers so they can identify themselves in supermarkets, shops and other businesses.
The letter will help reduce the burden on unpaid family carers who are caring for loved ones who may be frail, elderly, living with dementia, suffering mental ill health, a serious illness or long term condition or have a disability, including hidden disabilities such as autism.
For example, this may mean two people need to shop together, as one person may not be left at home. Or a carer may need to access priority shopping hours, or need a home delivery.
Supermarkets, shops, businesses or services and their staff will accept the letter and offer the help needed.
To get a copy of the letter tailored to your needs or for more information contact us on [email protected].
Information for businesses
We want supermarkets, shops and other services to:
- accept the letter
- help provide any additional assistance the carer may need
- make sure staff are aware of the letter
PPE stock for carers
National guidance recommends that unpaid family carers should follow the same PPE procedures as domiciliary care workers, especially if they do not live with that person, provide personal care and cannot maintain social distance.
The government is making free PPE available to carers who require it.
PPE may also be helpful for carers managing social isolation or a hospital discharge.
To request PPE, if you are known to the Lincolnshire Carers Service, please contact your usual carer support worker.
If you are new to the service, please email [email protected] or call 01522 782224.
It is important to note that PPE is only effective if it is used properly.
For further information:
- Gov.uk's illustrated guide with pictures on using PPE in the community.
- Detailed guidance for home carers on using PPE safely.
- Public Health England's video guidance on putting on and taking off PPE safely.