Coronavirus Lockdown Advice for the Elderly

Please note: this information was last updated 25th September 2020 – please consult government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.

On 23 March 2020 lockdown in the UK began and since then the restrictions have been revised multiple times, most recently in September 2020

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 latest phase of “lockdown” really means for you.

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Elderly Lockdown Advice FAQ

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

Yes, currently you are able to meet with your friends and family, however the specific restrictions vary slightly depending on where you live.

  • In England, your friends and family can meet with you in your home, provided there are no more than 6 people in the home at a given time.
  • In Scotland, unless they are visiting you to assist in your care, your friends and family should not enter your home. Instead it is recommended to meet outdoors or in a restaurant in groups of no more than 2 households (6 people).
As an elderly person can I go outside during this phase of the coronavirus lockdown?

Yes, you are now able to meet with friends and family (see above question for specific restrictions). You can also visit shops or go to restaurants and bars, however, please ensure you follow guidelines and wear a mask when moving around these venues.


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

Yes, you can go to the supermarket. Many supermarkets still 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, whenever you do go to the shops it is important that you wear a mask over your nose and mouth at all times.

I receive care at home, is it still safe for my carers to visit me in my home during the recent phase of 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. All care workers will be following very strict guidelines on hygiene to reduce the risk of infection during your visits.

Even if you live in Scotland where there are strict guidelines on not allowing other households to enter your home at this time, caregivers are exempt from this.

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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