COVID-19 Home Isolation – Vulnerable People

COVID-19 Home Isolation – Living with someone at risk

It is normal to feel a heightened sense of anxiety if you are living with someone who is considered to be at high risk of contracting COVID-19. There are some practical steps you can follow to try to reduce unnecessary exposure:

  1. Minimise the time vulnerable family members spend in shared spaces (such as kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms etc.) and keep these spaces well ventilated. If they can, they should take their meals back to their room to eat.
  2. Try to keep a sensible distance between you and the vulnerable person (ideally 3 steps) whenever possible, and encourage them to sleep in a different bed. Make sure they use separate towels, both for drying themselves after washing and for hand-hygiene purposes. Use a dishwasher for cleaning cutlery and crockery if available, otherwise use warm water and soap dry thoroughly afterwards; if the vulnerable person is using their own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these.
  3. If you share a toilet or bathroom, ensure you clean it after each use (wiping surfaces and handles you have come into contact with). It is also sensible to draw up a rota for bathing, with the vulnerable person using the facilities first.
  4. Consider using a face covering in shared parts of your home.

It will be difficult for some people to separate themselves completely from others within the home environment. It is important to try your best to follow this guidance and ensure everyone in the household follows best prevention measures; washing hands regularly, avoid touching your face, catching/ binning/ killing any coughs or sneezes, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

Read more: Covid-19 vulnerable self-help toolkit.