Boris Johnson’s announcement on the 23rd March, has put the UK, under strict lock-down, in an effort to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Government has placed new restrictions on the British public, instructing people to only leave their homes for “very limited purposes”, including for essential food shopping.
This raises questions as to how the most vulnerable people in the UK will be able to access basic necessities and what measures are being put in place to help them.
Staffordshire County Council has been working to provide support to vulnerable people during this time, including the elderly to ensure that they and others who are self-isolating, receive the support they need. This includes helping the NHS, by supporting patient discharges from hospital, freeing up more beds for the victims of the pandemic.
“Our main aim is to help people safely remain self-isolating. for older people, especially those on their own, it is an incredibly frightening time.”
Gail Edwards – Strategic Delivery Manager
The authority is also providing emergency food packages, caring for people in their homes, and making regular telephone calls to check that people are safe and well. For more information on the help available, call their COVID-19 phone line 0300 111 8050 or visit their website https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/Home.aspx