• Jonathan Brown reports.

As vulnerable people are being asked to shield indoors, it is the job of thousands of home carers across the country to go inside their homes and help.

However, there are claims that some home care workers aren't being provided with the protective equipment they need to keep themselves and the people they support safe.

The National Charity Carers UK says some companies are still struggling to get hold of PPE, while unpaid carers like family members are having to go without.

Catherine Greig is a Community Care supports 250 people across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

You're also thinking about your family. You're going from the service user to your own home and if the children have something. Nobody knows. You can't think about it too much.

Catherine Greig
Jacqueline Halfyard from Holme-on-Spalding Moor relies on carers coming into her home on a daily basis to help her.

Jacqueline Halfyard from Holme-on-Spalding Moor, who has multiple sclerosis, relies on carers coming into her home on a daily basis to help her.

You sort of get used to these people, and you look forward to seeing them.

Jacqueline Halfyard

In a statement, a Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said:

We have delivered over 1.33 billion items of PPE since the outbreak began, and there is a 24 hour NHS-run helpline where NHS and social care workers, including those working in home care, can call to report shortages in supply."

Department of Health and Social Care