People aged over 60 are at a greater risk from COVID-19. Even with the roll out of the vaccine underway, it’s important that we work together to keep you safe, keep you active and keep you socially connected whilst minimising any physical contact with others.
For you: Stay safe, active and connected
Please see the advice and recommendations below to stay safe, well and connected during periods of lockdown and isolation. Also, two Leeds residents, Dot and David share their experiences of the effect of coronavirus and how they have had to adapt to stay safe, well and in touch.
Dot’s Lockdown Video:
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- Staying active is important for your physical health and mental wellbeing. There are plenty of options indoors or outdoors that keep you safe and healthy.
- If you haven’t been very active, start by reducing the time spent sitting down for long periods. You could do this by reducing the time you spend watching TV; taking regular walk breaks around the garden or street.
- Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week – this can be broken down into 30 minutes chunks, five times a week. Moderate activity could include walking briskly, dancing or pushing a lawn mower.
- If you can safely leave your home to exercise, you should do so while maintaining a distance of at least two metres from others.
- For ideas about keeping active at home, you can get free advice and tips from Active Leeds by visiting their healthy at home webpage.
- Although avoiding physical contact with others is the best way to keep yourself safe, that doesn’t mean losing touch with friends and family.
- Talking on the phone, staying in touch via messaging apps like WhatsApp or having video calls on Skype, Zoom or FaceTime are great ways to keep in touch.
- Reach out to friends and family if you are feeling isolated – and check that they are feeling OK too.
- If you need support, services in Leeds are here to help you – even if it’s just a friendly voice at the end of a phone. For more information, visit leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 0113 376 0330, or if you have difficulty hearing, text07480 632 471
- We want to help you stay connected and active while reducing your risk of catching COVID-19 by limiting physical contact as much as possible
- Plan your leisure time around quieter times of the day so you can reduce the risk of being in close physical contact with others
- Have shopping delivered if possible, or visit shops at quiet times to reduce contact with other people
- If you are working, your employer can help you to stay safe by ensuring COVID-19 measures are in place and you have access to protection equipment, or helping you to work from home if possible. For further information on working safely during coronavirus, please visit gov.uk.
- Remember to wear a face covering, maintain a two-metre social distance from others and frequently wash or sanitise your hands if you are out and about.
For friends and family of people over 60
If you support or care for someone over 60, here are some ideas for you to consider:
- Encourage your friend or loved one to reduce physical contacts with other people where possible. You might be able to help by doing shopping for them, collecting and dropping off medicines or walking pets. If you don’t live locally, support can be accessed via Leeds City Council, visit leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information
- If you are not in your friend or loved one’s support bubble, stay connected by phone, social media or video call to make sure they are not feeling isolated. Encourage them to stay in touch with friends and family virtually.
- Remind your loved one that staying active is important. Encourage them to exercise, whether that’s going for a socially distanced stroll or trying out armchair exercises. Ideas for how to safely exercise from home can be accessed at the Active Leeds, healthy at home webpage.
For employers of people over 60
If you employ people aged 60 and above, here’s some things you could consider.
- Talk to employees about how you can help them reduce physical contacts – eg. working from home, changing shift patterns, ensuring the workplace is COVID-19 safe and ensure they have access to appropriate PPE.
- Stay in touch with staff working on-site or working from home by phone or video call. Encourage virtual catch ups to stay connected and reduce the risk of social isolation.
- Keep talking to employees about what you can do to keep them working safely. Encourage them to take exercise and to stay connected to colleagues if they are working from home.
This is a summary of key things you can do to keep your employees safe. To get the latest Government guidance please visit the working safely during coronavirus guidance page at gov.uk.
Let’s work together to keep each other safe.