Being healthy and staying safe is an essential part of leading a full and happy life. We can take our health for granted for most of the time until a crisis comes along that make us reevaluate our situations and priorities. At this time this is particularly relevant, with an evolving situation and advice around being healthy and staying safe when we are dealing with the new viral threat of COVID-19.
People who need extra support to lead an independent life, such as the tenants in our supported housing homes, can experience particular issues with regard to being healthy and staying safe. Many will need help to access healthcare, such as communication support or assistance to make or attend appointments. The NHS provides for all adults with a learning disability to have an annual healthcheck with their GP [link]. When carried out well this can help identify issues early and provide valuable reassurance in being healthy and staying safe. It’s important that the check offers enough time and space for concern to be raised and that it’s not a tick box exercise. Having the right support in place can help people get the most out of any healthcare appointment.
Support Living & Residential Care
Adults in supported housing or residential care can also face challenges in being healthy and staying safe if their need for personal support can mean that they are unable to avoid direct contact with others. The government has produced specific guidance for residential homes and others carrying out social care in the community https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-social-or-community-care-and-residential-settings-on-covid-19 which recognizes the particular demands of these situations. Keeping an eye out for this official advice and following it is an important part of empowering the people we are supporting to be healthy and stay safe. We can also help empower people by ensuring that information about health care is available in a range of appropriate and understandable formats such as this advice about flu vaccination https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/get-your-free-flu-jab-easy-read/ .
Taking away the problem of property
Here at Zetetick we provide a flexible and responsive model of quality housing for supported living. We take away the problem of property for commissioners, Landlords and Care providers bidding to supply quality services. So we take the problem out of property for tenants, landlords and care providers alike -. All-inclusive/risk included This means that care providers and tenants can be freed up to focus on the important issues of everyday life, including being healthy and staying safe together.