Guidance for anyone providing regular care and support to a vulnerable friend or relative. It applies to carers of all ages. There is also a specific section on the help available for young carers.

The Social Services and Well-being Act 2014 gives carers the same rights to care and support as those in their care. The Coronavirus Act will help local authorities to manage the pressures on our care system.

It is important to know that the Coronavirus Act is not intended to weaken the rights of carers in Wales. Local authorities must continue to maintain the rights of carers under the 2014 Act  as much as possible. The Coronavirus Act does not allow local authorities to block, restrict or withdraw whole services. 

Modifications are temporary and must be as a result of unavoidable local circumstances. These need to reviewed and terminated as soon as possible.

Guidance includes:

  • leaving home to provide care and social distancing;
  • exercise;
  • protecting yourself and those you care for;
  • experiencing coronavirus symptoms and testing;
  • face coverings;
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for carers;
  • unpaid carers and shielding;
  • planning for alternative care arrangements;
  • access to food and medicine;
  • young carers;
  • mental health and well-being;
  • organisations offering support;
  • local carer centres and young carer services;
  • Welsh Government’s Hwb website providing a wide range of information, advice and resources;
  • looking after your own health and well-being.

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