Anxious and Fearful
People with disabilities are anxious and fearful about Covid-19. They are having a hard time getting through their normal routine.
There are millions of people with a disability living independently. Until this Pandemic, they were able to shop online and have their food delivered. This is now proving difficult and it takes their independence away, leaving them feeling anxious about asking for help and depending on friends, family or volunteers for food supplies.
Thousands of people with a disability who use personal assistants (PAs) or Carers to enable them to live independently are anxious and fearful about their ability to remain independent during and after this Pandemic.
Carers and PA’s are a crucial part of life for a person with a disability. They help with everyday tasks we can take for granted.
Some carers are moving from house to house with different clients and this is worrying for someone who depends on a carer for personal hygiene, cooking and shopping. They will be within the social distance zone putting them both at risk.
Signs of Illness
There is a big worry that the person with a disability will get ill or show symptoms of Covid-19 meaning they must isolate. This can understandably be a fearful time. Or the Carer or PA gets ill, they will not be able to care for their clients.
People with disabilities are anxious and fearful about Covid-19 because if a person with a disability is hospitalised and the Carers or Personal Assistants are not allowed into the hospital, this will have a drastic impact. In some cases, the carer is an expert in their client’s or family member’s needs. Sometimes they are the only ones who know how to lift their clients or family member into bed, what food they like to eat, or they may need to interpret for the person with a disability if they are non-verbal.
Disability charities have raised concerns over decreases in donations and fundraising as the Covid-19 situation continues to escalate. Many charities provide amazing support to people with disabilities and this is another worrying factor to be considered.
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