Free PPE for extra-resident unpaid carers in Cheshire
12 March 2021Unpaid carers across Cheshire, who do not live with the person they care for, can now get free personal protective equipment (PPE).
Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire East Council in partnership with Cheshire West Carers Support Service, Vivo Care Choices, and Cheshire Carers Hub are providing free PPE for all unpaid carers, who do not live in the same household as the person they are caring for.
An unpaid carer can be anyone, of any age, who cares, unpaid for a friend or family member, who due to a condition, illness, disability or addiction, cannot cope without their support.
To facilitate the distribution PPE hubs have been established in Northwich, Winsford, Ellesmere Port, Winsford and various contact points within Cheshire East.
Hubs will operate on an order and collect service, which will mean that extra-resident carers are able to contact Cheshire West Carers Support Service, and Cheshire Carers Hub if you live in Cheshire East, by telephone or email to arrange to pick up a preprepared PPE pack containing masks, gloves, aprons and hand sanitiser.
For those living in Cheshire West and Chester collection from Cheshire West Carers Trust is available from the following hubs:
For those carers who are unable to physically travel to any of the distribution hubs a limited delivery service will also operate.
Councillor Val Armstrong, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council said: "It is great news that our unpaid extra-resident carers are being offered this additional layer of protection free of charge to keep both themselves, and the people they provide such vital services for, safe.
"Our unpaid carers continue to do an amazing job of providing vital care services in the face of very real challenges brought on by this pandemic."
Councillor Laura Jeuda, Cheshire East Council's portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: "This is very welcome news and will help to keep extra-resident carers safe whilst they undertake such a commendable role.
"This will also protect the residents themselves, many of whom are extremely vulnerable so need all the levels of defence possible from the deadly COVID-19 virus."
It is not currently recommended that you wear PPE when caring for someone you live with unless advised to by a healthcare professional.
For more information on effective use of PPE and advice for carers national guidance can be found here.