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Vulnerable groups and the over 70s

Changes to shielding

Updated advice from the government says that people who were classed as extremely vulnerable no longer have to shield from 1 August.

You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions as advised by the government when you do go out.

If you need help

We have set up a Community Hub to deliver basic food parcels and prescriptions to people who are self-isolating and have no family or friends who can help.

Care homes

The Council’s Adults’ Services teams are working in partnership with care providers across the borough.

Due to social distancing and the need to protect vulnerable groups, visits to all care homes managed by Bedford Borough Council have been stopped.

All our care homes have put plans in place for contact to continue through video and telephone calls. Where it is safe to do so homes will also offer window visits, but please contact the home before you visit.

Dementia and coronavirus

If you are living with, or supporting those with dementia, the Alzheimer's Society has coronavirus information for people affected by dementia including:

  • supporting a person with dementia at home
  • activity ideas for people living with dementia
  • support for a person with dementia living alone
  • supporting a person with dementia from a distance 
  • how the Alzheimer's Society can help

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