Coronavirus, the current pandemic has overcome the world and nation in a matter of weeks. We’re all being advised to stay home in order to protect the elderly and vulnerable but what about those households who live with their elderly and vulnerable?
In many ethnic minority households, the living situation is what we call ‘Multigenerational’, this is when multiple generations share the same home. For example, grandparents have their children and their grandchildren under one roof. This ensures that for these families that they are able to look after their elders and keep them in close proximity. Ensuring their health and wellbeing and is a popular mode of living within ethnic minorities and in particular south Asian households, who may not have enough income to be spread over two separate residences.
This is different from the Western standard of a ‘Nuclear’ family which involves two partners and their children living under the same roof visiting their grandparents on a less regular basis, and maintaining contact through phone calls or Skype calls.
Under the recent circumstances of Covid-19, this is placing many elders who live in this situation at risk. Why? Because they are unable to self-isolate properly, with younger family members still running errands or going to work risking bringing the virus from the outside and into the family home increasing the possibility that they might pass it onto those whom they live with. For many cases of coronavirus, those deemed low risk will most likely experience mild illness. However, for those who are at high risk which Age UK defines as:
- People aged over the 70, even if you’re otherwise fit and well
- People of any age living with long-term health conditions which mean you’d normally be offered the flu jab
Elderly individuals are automatically at a higher risk than those under 70 with no underlying health conditions. If you yourself live with elderly family members or you know anyone who does, please take precautions.
Follow government advice to stay inside, do not let the children of the household mix with friends or families from outside of the home and if you do require necessities from shops or public space do not be afraid to ask for help from neighbourhood support groups who may help deliver the essentials contact-free.
If you begin to show any of the following symptoms; a new or continuous cough or a fever and are in contact with vulnerable members of your family please do distance yourself from them and maintain good sanitation levels in your household.
JAN Trust caters to many elderly users from the BAMER community, and we are worried about the impact this may have on our users which is why we have currently suspended our classes. Safety comes first #staysafestayhome
Below we have included a few useful links:
Coronavirus information translated into 34 different languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Arabic (Please circulate this to any individuals you know who are not fluent in English) – https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
The current updated UK Government and NHS advice – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
A complete list of the neighbourhood ‘Mutual aid groups’ able to deliver help and support to those in need – LONDON LIST – https://www.theresident.co.uk/london-culture-events/londons-coronavirus-mutual-aid-groups-a-complete-list/