Right at Home has produced an online booklet for its team of front-line care workers on the importance of mental health and well-being.
The e-booklet is tailored to provide guidance and advice during the coronavirus pandemic, where key workers are relied upon to support those most vulnerable in their communities.
The eight-page booklet – titled ‘Time to Take Ten’ – is split into four key areas, focusing on mental wellbeing, nutrition, exercise and sleep. It also signposts care workers to a number of free resources available, such as mindfulness apps and podcasts.
Right at Home CEO, Ken Deary, said: “We couldn’t be prouder of the fantastic work our CareGivers are doing in their local communities, by keeping those who need our support safe in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home.
“We know this a challenging time for our care teams and we expect things to get tougher, as we continue to relieve the growing pressure on the NHS. As key workers, our care teams are relied upon to serve the most vulnerable in our communities and so we wanted to produce guidance specifically for their role. It stresses the importance of our CareGivers making time for themselves during this period of uncertainty and looking after themselves.
“We want to let our care teams know that whilst they care for others, we care for them.”
The provider is also sharing advice and tips on its website and social media channels on mental health and well-being during the coronavirus pandemic, with people spending more time indoors or self-isolating.
The World Health Organisation has also issued guidance on how care workers can look after their own mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Right at Home is currently looking to recruit 1,000 care workers nationally to support the delivery of care during the pandemic.
It is expected that demand for community care services will increase as more people will be discharged from hospital and in response, the company is looking to have people trained and ready to help relieve pressure on the NHS.