Planning activities during COVID-19
Mencap has developed resources to help plan daily and weekly activities to support people to stay busy at home.
Gig Buddies, a charity for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, has compiled ideas and activities for things to do at home during COVID-19.
West Sussex young adults have developed a virtual short breaks offer and helpful information and activities
The Aldingbourne Trust has developed easyread home exercise ideas and home activity ideas.
Accessing health services during COVID-19
Visiting the GP during COVID-19
Sussex NHS Commissioners has created a short video for people with a learning disability or their family and friend carers explaining what it will be like if they need to see a doctor during the pandemic. This short film about seeing your GP has been made as part of the Help Us Help You campaign for people with learning disabilities. Amy, a GP from Shoreham talks through what is different about seeing your GP during COVID-19
Reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities
The two links below, to videos hosted on YouTube, explain what reasonable adjustments are and how they help people with a learning disability use mainstream health services.
A group of people with learning disabilities in Horsham have produced a booklet which they hope will keep others across West Sussex safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group from West Sussex County Council’s Hobbs Field residential home originally created the guide to help them follow coronavirus guidelines when they are out in the community. It includes pictures and clear instructions that offer reminders about social distancing, wearing a mask and remembering to wash our hands.
To find out more about the booklet, please contact Hobbsduty@westsussex.gov.uk
Guidance on working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism
Government guidance has been published for care workers and personal assistants who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and adults with autism during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance helps care staff:
- keep people with learning disabilities and/or autism safe;
- support them to understand the changes they need to make during the COVID-19 outbreak; and
- protect their own wellbeing.
Sussex NHS Commissioners has produced a flowchart for health and social care staff supporting people with learning disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Top Tips for Tricky Times: resource from the National Institute for Health Research: Ideas on how to reduce resident walking around in areas which may be unsafe due to COVID-19. Resource to support when residents do not understand social distancing or self-isolation
The British Psychological Society has issued guidance on meeting the psychological needs of people with learning disabilities and their carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond Words is providing free picture stories and illustrated guides to support people with learning disabilities and autism through the coronavirus pandemic
"Please Give Me Space" social distancing cards or badges are available via the Cabinet Office. The resources can be printed and used to show that the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.
Exemption from face covering.
Those who have an age, health or disability reason to not wear a face covering should not be routinely asked to provide any written evidence of this. Written evidence includes exemption cards.
Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering, although this is a personal choice, and is not necessary in law.
If you would like to use an exemption card you can use the PDF attachments provided by the cabinet office and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
Shielding and people with a learning disability
People at high risk from Covid-19 are no longer told to stay at home (shield). There are still things you can do to keep yourself safe including:
- Have the Covid-19 vaccination
- Work from home if you can
- Maintain social distancing
- Wear a face mask if you can
- Do shopping online or get help with shopping or avoid busy times at the shops.
Please see DHSC Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19