In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Inverclyde Carers Centre are realigning funding of up to £150 per unpaid Carer to enable those looking after the most vulnerable people in Inverclyde to have a break from their caring role. 

Foundation Scotland Response Fund have also contributed £5 000 to this project to enable us to support as many Carers as possible.

Unpaid Carers play a fundamental role in caring and shielding their loved ones and for this reason Inverclyde Carers Centre will immediately realign funds to support Carers to have a break within their own home.  Shielding and self-isolation will restrict the types of breaks which Carers can access.  We envisage breaks being heavily reliant on activities which can take place within the home.  Staff within our team are particularly skilled in identifying and utilising technology as well as liaising with local companies and Carer Passport Supporters.

Criteria

The Carer must be self-isolating in Inverclyde due to the person they care for, or themselves, being at high risk. 

There are six categories of risk - as agreed by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers - these are:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients
  • People with specific cancers:
    People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
    b. People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    c. People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    d. People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    e. People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
  • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • People who are pregnant with significant congenital heart disease

Priority will be given to the above grouping but may be extended to Carers who are:

  • aged over 70
  • have an underlying health condition not named above
  • pregnant

We envisage the purchase of goods or services as key to the breaks.  Where possible goods will be sourced, ordered and paid for by Inverclyde Carers Centre to reduce any additional pressure on Carers and for audit purposes.  Where this is not possible due to an existing service being expanded, our staff will obtain or verify costs incurred through confirmation email from provider or monthly bills.

We will specifically target information at Carers on our database in high risk categories themselves or who care for people in high risk categories.  We will use a variety of mediums to contact these people including Inverclyde HSCP, Greenock Telegraph, our website, social media, text and phone calls. 

Applications will be considered at the end of each week.

The funding is up to a maximum of £150 of goods or services.

If you would like to apply for this break, please contact us on 01475 735180 or [email protected]. We ask that you know what you would like to do and have a cost for this before hand. Alternatively you can apply online by clicking here.

 

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“…we are asking people at the highest clinical risk to self-isolate for a long period, and our local services must prioritise them. This will help protect them, minimise the loss of life from Covid-19, and reduce the burden on the NHS in responding to patients who are likely to become severely unwell.”