Heightened Risk group

Clear guidance needs to be issued on how the 'heightened risk' group can be supported practically for day to day living. For example, whether an appropriate professional can enter their home (with appropriate social distancing/ hygiene measures in place) to carry out a necessary repair or install replacement white goods that have broken down. Whether a family member can enter their home to help with shopping or cleaning - again taking social distancing & hygiene measures into account. Guidance on shopping, when online shopping slots are not available or the person does not have a digital device to order it or family do not live close.

Why the contribution is important

Highlighting the need for extra vigilance for the 'heightened risk' group (age 70+, pregnant women or those with certain medical conditions) is well intentioned but the difference between this group and those being shielded is largely misunderstood. They are seen as the same by many when in fact there is no official support mechanism for the 'heightened risk' group. Instead government appears to be relying on a network of friends, family & neighbours etc but with no checks to verify whether that actually exists. If there is not going to be access the same official support as those shielded, practical measures and guidance needs to be put in place to ensure there is no further discrimination against this group. The current arrangement is not sustainable & lack of any real protection for this group is and will create vulnerability and hardship.

by Poppinsl on May 06, 2020 at 01:09AM

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  • Posted by Mopsy May 06, 2020 at 07:31

    Many people living on their own already feel very isolated. The above support is so important as will be getting out at a quiet time for people who are capable of this. Older, vulnerable people need to feel valued as well as safe.
  • Posted by cus1903 May 06, 2020 at 08:03

    elderly are confused and are losing valuable time with loved ones they are fixated on all the news releases and get hope then see it crushed. Be clear but allow some contact or they may not see the end of this.
  • Posted by katemnic May 06, 2020 at 08:28

    I don’t think all over 70s should be considered “heightened risk” regardless of state of health.
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