Shielding during COVID-19

Understanding the Impact of Shielding Restrictions in Group Living Environments

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The health, social and economic impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cannot be understated. Our lives have had to change causing significant impact to individuals and their families who have been advised to ‘shield’ on account of their condition/s.

You, or someone you know, may have received a letter from your doctor or hospital clinician or advised by professionals within your residence that you are higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19; as such you need to be ‘shielded’.

Alternatively, you, or someone you know, may have been impacted by shielding restrictions applied to a ‘group living’ environment. This includes those who are resident in nursing homes, residential care homes, and supported accommodation units, those working with them and those with family members or loved ones resident there.

The Department of Health recognises that from your direct experience of shielding or the restrictions applied to your immediate environment, you have a unique insight into its impact and the measures required to support the transition from shielding to public engagement. As such, we kindly call upon your support with our consultation on this subject. The evidence and insights gathered will assess the level of impact that shielding has had and will inform the Department of Health on the key issues for consideration in planning the further easing of restrictions. The survey covers:

  • How you have been affected by shielding;
  • What are the most important things to you;
  • What support you have had to help you deal with the impact of shielding;
  • What measures of support are required if you are advised to continue to shield in some way;
  • What information is needed to support you to safely ease the restrictions on shielding.

It is estimated that this questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Click here to complete

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We thank you in advance for your time and responses.