Personal protective equipment (PPE) for unpaid carers
Leeds City Council is taking part in a 2 month pilot with the Department of Health and Social Care to provide unpaid carers with PPE. Unpaid carers are people who look after a relative or friend who otherwise couldn’t manage without their help. This may be because of illness, frailty, disability, a mental health need or an addiction. Some unpaid carers will live with the person they care for, while other unpaid carers will live in a different household to the person they care for.
The pilot will help the Department of Health and Social Care to better understand likely demand from unpaid carers for PPE and how best to distribute it, as well as informing decisions as to whether the pilot continues beyond the initial two months. Unpaid carers will need to complete an order form and may need you to provide some help and advice in terms of what PPE they need. Once the order form has been received, the unpaid carer will be contacted to discuss their order. Delivery will then be within 72 hours. Unpaid carers will receive the PPE free of charge.
We would like you to help by identifying unpaid carers who would benefit from PPE and encouraging/supporting them to place an order. PPE provided to the unpaid carer should be tailored to their needs and will depend on the type of care being provided and the amount of unpaid care they are providing. For example a full set of PPE may need to be provided for tasks which involve personal care (where physical contact is required), or a mask where the unpaid carer does not come within 2m of the person being cared for. The following guidance, which has been produced by Liverpool City Council, may be helpful, particularly when the unpaid carer lives in a separate household to the person they care for
If you have identified an unpaid carer in Leeds who would benefit from free PPE, please send them the link below to access the application form.