Coronavirus Lockdown Advice for the Elderly

Please note: this information was last updated 3 June 2020 – please consult government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.

On March 23 2020 lockdown in the UK began and the lockdown rules were last revised at the start of June.

This is a very worrying time for many, especially if you are in one of the most at risk demographics – the elderly. Therefore we wanted to help clarify what the period of “lockdown” really means for you at the moment. 

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Elderly Lockdown Advice FAQ

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Can my friends and family visit me during the coronavirus lockdown?

You can meet with friends and family outdoors or in private gardens with groups of six from different households if you live in England or Northern Ireland.

If you live in Scotland, two households can meet locally outdoors or in private gardens in groups no larger than eight. In Wales two households can meet outdoors but have been asked not to travel more than five miles.

If you can, you can also stay in more frequent contact with friends and family over this time via phone calls or video chats where possible.

As an elderly person can I go outside during the coronavirus lockdown?

Yes, you can now visit a limited number of households outdoors (see ‘Can my friends and family visit me during the coronavirus lockdown?’ above).

You can visit essential shops and some non-essential shops are also starting to open. 

However, if you are over 70 with underlying health conditions, it could be wise to wait a while longer before socialising.


During lockdown, as an elderly person, can I still go to the supermarket?

Yes, you can go to the supermarket. Many supermarkets have dedicated some time for vulnerable people, that includes the elderly, to do their shopping. It is recommended that you review your local supermarkets website for details on when this is. 

However, it is strongly advised that you limit these trips where possible and only go if essential. Where possible it would be recommended to ask a relative, neighbour or friend, who is not in the most vulnerable demographic, if they would be able to go for you instead or use a delivery service. Many supermarkets are prioritising deliveries to the elderly. We recommend calling your local supermarket to see if you can have your delivery fast tracked.

I receive care at home, is it safe for my carers to visit me in my home during the coronavirus outbreak?

If you are receiving care at home, it is still safe for your carer(s) to enter your home to provide essential care. While this is a worrying time and we are being advised to limit social interactions, you should still be receiving any essential care you require. All care workers will be following very strict guidelines on hygiene to reduce the risk of infection during your visits. 

I am self isolating, is it possible to get care support to help me with shopping?

Being self isolated comes with lots of difficulties and worries, including how to get your shopping or collect your pension etc. There are care at home providers located throughout the UK that will be able to help support you with this. Enter your postcode here to search and compare care providers in your local area who will be able to help.

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