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Coming out of shielding

We have all spend a lot more time indoors that normal in the last few months. This is especially true if you have been shielding due to a health condition. From 1st August the government paused shielding and relaxed the rules which means that you can now go to more places and see more people. This may feel strange to start with and may take a while to get used to things that were considered “normal” before COVID-19. Seeing friends and family, taking the dog out or going to the shops is all possible now but you may just have to take extra precautions when you go out.

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Be more active icon Go out for a walk

Fitness is important at any age and going for a walk is a great way to keep more active. You can now gather in groups of up to six people outdoors, including individuals outside your household which means that you can also try some outdoor exercise classes. You can look at our community directory or on NHS’s website for fitness activities and classes near you. Please always check with the provider that classes are going ahead and are following the latest government guidance. Alternatively, One You provides easy steps on how to make changes that that can fit your lifestyle and if you’re over 60 Public Health England have produced a booklet with useful information on how to stay active at home.

If you want to find more useful links and information on life after lockdown see our Coronavirus resource page or for more general tips on keeping healthy and active have a look at our Top Tips for staying independent.

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get out and about icon Pop to the shops

    As somebody who has been shielding you can continue to get priority delivery slots from the supermarkets. However, if you want to you can now go out to the shop yourself. Choose a time of  day when it would be quieter like early mornings or visit shops which are quieter or have more space to socially distance and do not forget your face covering.

    If you are feeling anxious about going out, the Mental Health Foundation has some good advice to help you with life after lockdownAgeUK also has some things to consider before you plan a trip to the shops.

    You may also wish to display a 'Please give me space' badge when you go out to signal to others that you are asking for their consideration in maintaining their distance. You can download and print this to wear to display it on your mobile phone.

    If you want to find more useful links and information on life after lockdown see our Coronavirus resource page or for more general tips on keeping healthy and active have a look at our Top Tips for staying independent.

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    face to face talk icon Stop and chat

    Shielding has been an isolating experience for some and seeing loved ones face-to-face is a great way to boost your wellbeing. This may feel strange at first, but you can have a trial run with one or two people to build your confidence. Try meeting outdoors rather than indoors and go for a nice walk to minimise the risk. If you are still not sure you can ask the person you are meeting to wear a face covering and you can use alcohol gel while you are out and about. You may also wish to display a 'Please give me space' badge when you go out to signal to others that you are asking for their consideration in maintaining their distance. You can download and print this to wear to display it on your mobile phone.

    There is official government guidance for meeting up with people outside your household and the NHS have some tips about social distancing to keep yourself safe. You could also consider forming a support bubble with loved ones.

    There are lots of ways you can help an elderly or socially isolated member of your community, just small things like taking out their bin, or a small conversation can make a big difference.

    If you want to find more useful links and information on life after lockdown see our Coronavirus resource page or for more general tips on keeping healthy and active have a look at our Top Tips for staying independent.

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    looking after yourself icon Attend appointments

      Looking after yourself is more important than ever. A lot of outpatient appointments have been changed to telephone or video consultations. However, if you have been invited for a face-to-face appointment or a test you should attend those. Be reassured hospitals and GP surgeries are safe and are taking extra precautions to protect staff and patients. If you have an existing health condition, or become unwell, it is important you get the treatment you need. AgeUK has advice for accessing health services, and the NHS website has information about services during Coronavirus. You may also be able to carry out a consultation with your GP online. For any urgent medical help you should use the regular NHS 111 online service and for emergencies call 999 for ambulance. 

      Looking after your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health is just as important. If you want some expert advice and practical tips Every Mind Matters cover the 5 ways to wellbeing and other topics such as; what to do if you are worried about coronavirus, sleeping better and managing difficult thoughts and feelings.

      If you want to find more useful links and information on life after lockdown see our Coronavirus resource page or for more general tips on keeping healthy and active have a look at our Top Tips for staying independent.

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      Connect with people via technology icon Get a bit of support

      While you are still finding your feet during this time you may wish to have a little bit more support at home but would not want strangers helping you. In this case, care technology like a personal alarm or a falls detector may be what you need.  Have a look at our care technology page for more information. Hampshire County Council recommended provider, Argenti, can offer specific products or recommendations based on your needs.  

      If you want to find more useful links and information on life after lockdown see our Coronavirus resource page or for more general tips on keeping healthy and active have a look at our Top Tips for staying independent.

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      Staying safe

      Wear a face covering
      Avoid crowded spaces
      Avoid touching your face
      Wash hands regularly
      Keep your distance

      You can keep up to date with the latest guidance on shielding on the government website.  

      If you show symptoms of coronavirus you should isolate for 10 days and arrange to get tested. Symptoms include:

      • a new continuous cough
      • a high temperature
      • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

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