We have been talking a lot about the Coronavirus outbreak at Speakup and have been trying to work differently so we can still support people, but keep safe. We have set up social media groups to help people stay safe and keep in touch and feel less anxious. We are also using Zoom to hold video meetings and help people to stay at home but still see people and talk to them.
We are also setting up Zoom events so people can do Yoga, exercise, quizes and peer support groups from home using their video camera on their phone. To find out more please contact us.
You will have heard on the news that it is important for people to do things differently in their lives so they are safe and they keep others safe:
Only going out of the house for food and to walk dogs
If they do meet people to keep at least 2 meters away from them
To sneeze into tissues and wash their hands a lot
If they are older or have a health condition, to stay away from other people and stay at home
We have written a small guide to help people understand what they need to do:
If you are very unwell or know someone who is, then you can call 111 for help and advice.
Other organisations have also made guides and a video to help you:
We think it is really important that people with learning disabilities, autism or both have a Hospital Passport as well, just in case they get ill and need to go into hospital. The hospital passport is designed to give hospital staff helpful information that isn't only about illness and health.
Your passport can include lists of what you like or dislike. This might be about the amount of physical contact you're ok with, to your favourite type of drink, as well as your interests. The passport helps all the hospital staff know how to make you feel comfortable.
If you go into hospital, your hospital passport should go with you. The passport tells the doctors and nurses that they should make a copy and put the copy in your hospital notes. If you are going to be an in-patient, and stay in the hospital overnight, your hospital passport should hang on the end of your bed so that anyone treating you can take a look at it.
This will mean that health professionals have key pieces of information to help them if a person is admitted to hospital, as we know that people with learning disabilities, autism or both struggle from greater health inequalities than the rest of the population in general.
This information is vital to ensure that people are cared for appropriately and kept safe.