Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Keep acting responsibly to protect yourself and others. Continue to follow the guidance on GOV.UK.

For information on getting tested, vaccines, coronavirus news and data, and support for businesses and residents, go to the Coronavirus hub .

Get equipment to stay independent

Care technology

In recent years, new technology has helped people live independently.

Read about some examples below, and learn more about which care technology could be right for you with a self-assessment tool.

Which – Assistive technology for independent living - Offers advice on how to choose technology, what is available and where to get it

Mobile apps

You can use mobile apps on a smartphone or tablet to manage health, safety, wellbeing and make video calls.

Search for NHS-approved apps. 

Most apps are available through either Apple’s App Store or Google Play, depending on the type of device you own.

Orcha offer a paid service which uses independent reviews to help you choose between healthcare apps.

Free communication tools

Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE) is an Essex-wide training package for families and carers of adults with learning disabilities. It teaches them how to use different forms of communication.

ICE offers advice and loans communication tools and aids free of charge. These include talking photo albums and the GoTalk, which can help a non-verbal person speak.

Digital assistants

Examples of these include Google Home and Amazon Echo. These can allow you to control lights, heating and more with your voice.

Staying safe

Examples include:

  • wearable alarms and devices that show your family where you are if you get lost
  • video doorbells
  • lights that come on when you move

Services such as Care Call can help with this.

Staying in touch

Examples include:

  • keeping in touch with friends and family with video calls
  • tools to help non-verbal people communicate, by pressing a picture to speak
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