Spalding home carers in desperate plea for surgical gloves and aprons before stocks run out
A Spalding-based home care company has put out an urgent plea for surgical gloves and aprons.
Lincolnshire Home Care Ltd, of Cradge Bank, normally sources the items through a private company - but can't get the stock from its usual supplier or find another company to fill the gap.
Director Margaret Wolter said supplies will run out on Friday.
She said: "We are trying to protect the staff and the customers and if we don't wear personal protective equipment because we haven't got it, how can we protect these people?"
As well as gloves and aprons, the company would ideally like hand sanitiser supplies.
The company is currently giving home care to 110 people in the Spalding area, with carers often visiting the same homes four times a day.
But Margaret warned that could end within days because carers won't go into people's homes without PPE.
She said: "You can't blame them. They can't deal with bodily fluids without protection can they? I have got to protect the staff, and it's not fair for them to go without."
Disposable surgical gloves and aprons are worn at each visit - and sometimes the items need to be replaced during the visit.
Margaret said their regular supplier can't take a new order until Monday, March 30.
She said: "I don't know what to do. Do I contact McDonald's and places like that to see if they have got any gloves and aprons."
Home carers help people get out of bed in the morning and assist with dressing and personal care as well as meals and medication through the day before helping them into bed at night.
Lincolnshire Home Care manager Tracy Ford said: "It's going to have a huge impact if we can't get to these people."
The company has about 45 carers but 20 are in self-isolation at the moment.
Margaret said all are self-isolating solely because a family member is self-isolating.
She says other care companies are running low on supplies and if anyone can help she's willing to supply other care companies.
Margaret says Lincolnshire Home Care is willing to pay for the gloves, aprons and hand sanitiser.
Anyone who can help can call the company on 01775 722887.
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