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Coronavirus advice for older people

Older people are a greater risk of serious health issues during the coronavirus crisis. We provide up-to-date advice and information to help older people stay safe.
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Coping with coronavirus Staying safe and independent at home

Coping with coronavirus

With the continuing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), people are being encouraged to distance themselves from others as much as possible. Many older people will be concerned about becoming isolated at home. Friends and family may also be worried about the safety of older loved ones forced to stay at home with less support or company than usual.

Throughout this difficult period, Which? will be working hard to deliver helpful guidance and support across a wide range of issues  

 Guidance for older people and their loved ones

Find out how coronavirus is affecting older people – and what you can do to stay safe. This information will be updated regularly as the situation changes.

More coronavirus advice from Which?

Which? is providing practical advice on the key challenges facing UK consumers during this crisis – from travel rights and shopping advice to personal finance and tech.

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Staying safe and independent at home

If you’re worried about feeling isolated at home during this difficult period, or concerned about an older relative or friend, you can find lots of information on Which? Later Life Care about staying safe and independent at home.

Care homes and support at home near you
Use our directory to find local care homes, home care agencies and carer support services across the UK.

Further reading

Home care options

If you’re finding it difficult to wash or get dressing, home care can provide the extra support that you need.

Taking exercise

Find out more about how to stay active and healthy in older age, with advice on doing gentle home exercise.

Last updated: 17 Apr 2020