Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care

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Department Of Health


Guidance for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. This may be because they have a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction.

The guidance may also be helpful for those under 25 (young carers and young adult carers) who provide care for someone.

Published 8 April 2020
Last updated 13 April 2021 +show all updates

  1. Updated to reflect that changes to the coronavirus restrictions came into effect on 12 April.

  2. Updated to reflect changes to the coronavirus restrictions that came into effect on 29 March.

  3. Updated to include guidance for young carers.

  4. Updated the personal protective equipment (PPE) section with guidance about recommended PPE for unpaid carers who do not live with the person or people they care for.

  5. Updated to reflect national lockdown stay at home guidance.

  6. Updated the guidance about local restrictions tiers. This includes information about accessing support, including forming a support bubble and getting access to breaks. Updated the guidance about what people should do if they or the person they care for has symptoms or tests positive in different situations.

  7. Updated guidance on face coverings and shielding. Also updated links to ‘get a test to check if you have coronavirus’.

  8. Updated the guidance on face coverings, face masks and protective clothing. The following information has been added: examples of essential care under ‘Caring for someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable’; guidance on how to get tested; and contact details for NHS Volunteer Responders.

  9. First published.

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