We know that COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, including older people and people with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. So please be extra vigilant if you’re living with vulnerable family members, and if you’re in a household with possible coronavirus infection, please note the specific advice on living with vulnerable family members, detailed in the official guidance here.
The Scottish Government has also issued tailored guidance for people living with the following conditions: ophthalmic conditions, cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, neurological conditions, rare diseases, respiratory conditions and rheumatic conditions. This guidance can be found here.
If you have an elderly or vulnerable family member who does not live in your home you should try to keep in touch using phone or video calls, but it’s also okay to drop shopping or medication at their door or to help them order what they need online.
You could share this booklet with older relatives to help them think about how they can stay well during the pandemic
If you or an elderly member of your family needs extra help, please don’t be afraid to ask, as there’s lots of support out there. You can contact your local services or the following organisations might also be able to help:
The Silver Line or telephone their help line 0800 470 80 90.
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