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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Aged Care

This collection of resources explores the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on aged care in Australia.

Coronavirus Statistics

Australia

Confirmed Cases: 5,116, Deaths: 24, Total Recoveries: 520

Confirmed cases by State

ACT: 87 / NSW: 2,298 / NT: 21 / QLD: 835 / SA: 367 / TAS: 72 / VIC: 1,036 / WA: 400

Globally

Confirmed Cases: 1,007,977, Deaths: 52,863, Total Recoveries: 210,186

Updated 03/04/2020


Nationwide survey to track Australians wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

03/04/2020 - Australians are encouraged to be involved in an online research survey from the Global Centre for Modern Ageing (GCMA) to help the Centre gauge the effects of the coronavirus epidemic and how people are adapting, to develop new ways to help the elderly cope during difficult times. 

The GCMA is undertaking a range of advocacy, market development, partnerships, research and learning developments to improve the lives of older people.

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Five easy home exercises for older people

02/04/2020 - Keeping fit and healthy is an important part of ageing well, but it's even more important now as Australia is battling the impact of coronavirus. 

Exercise is vital to keep your muscles and joints moving well, especially for older people, and to support your independence for as long as possible but can be tricky when self-isolating at home and a walk to the shops or the local swimming pool is no longer an option. 

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How do I continue to get healthcare if I am self-isolating?

01/04/2020 - As more and more businesses close and the Government takes action to minimise the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, you may be in self-isolation or worried about going to your doctor's surgery, how are you able to access healthcare while at home?

Luckily, telehealth is being pushed by the Federal Government, making healthcare more accessible and as a way to protect vulnerable Australians from the possibility of contracting the virus.

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​Unannounced visits to aged care facilities postponed indefinitely

31/03/2020 - The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, responsible for assessing and monitoring the quality of Australian aged care services, has postponed all unannounced visits to aged care facilities in response to the coronavirus crisis.

While the unannounced visits will stop, other site visits will continue for particular circumstances and based on the level of assessed risk by the Commission.

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Government suggests further protective measures for older Australians

30/03/2020 - The Federal Government announced further measures to protect older Australians from contracting the coronavirus, COVID-19, including strong advice for people over the age of 70 to self-isolate at home for as long as practicable. 

Other people who are recommended to self-isolate include people over 60 years of age and Indigenous Australians over the age of 50 with health conditions or comorbidities. 

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People with dementia and the coronavirus

30/02/2020 - Protecting people with dementia from the coronavirus will be difficult and there will be a number of challenges around maintaining basic personal hygiene and how to notice the symptoms of COVID-19.

Already, some people with dementia may experience heightened emotions and feelings. This can be compounded by the stress and anxiety they are undergoing from the coronavirus threat or in response to limitations around their care.

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How home care will change while looking after a loved one from a distance

27/03/2020 - The coronavirus will change how home care services are delivered at home to recipients, and families will need to switch up how they take care of their older loved ones for the next few months until COVID-19 is under control.

This could mean adapting the care you provide to a client or family member and the utilisation of further health measures to keep safe and stop the spread of the virus.

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COVID-19 aged care restrictions and tips for supporting older residents in isolation

26/03/2020 - Federal Government has put in place visitation restrictions into aged care facilities to protect older Australians with the clause that this could develop into facility lockdowns if the coronavirus, or COVID-19, escalates further.

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Being wary of scams and sharing your personal information

25/03/2020 - During this digital age, it’s hard to keep your information and money safe as an older person when new technology and how it works can be quite confusing. 

This is doubled by the fact more and more scammers are utilising the current COVID-19 crisis to target people through phone calls and email phishing scams.

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Keeping yourself healthy and safe during COVID-19

24/03/2020 - Staying safe and keeping healthy during the outbreak of COVID-19 will help protect yourself and others. 

Making changes to our daily lives in terms of hygiene and social behaviours can help slow down the spread of the virus. 

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Message from the CEO: An important update about COVID-19

24/03/2020 -  "As a community we're in uncharted waters as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

"I wanted to provide you with an update as to what DPS is doing as a company in these uncertain times. Our number one priority is to keep consumers and our team members safe. We are also doing everything we can to support our clients during this time..."

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Aged Care Royal Commission suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns

20/03/2020 - The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has just announced they have suspended all hearings and workshops indefinitely and is subject to review in May.

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Additional funds pumped into aged care amid COVID-19 developments

20/03/2020 - The Federal Government has just announced an additional $444.6 million in funding for the aged care sector to support staff retention in residential aged care and home care, as well as help with the viability of aged care facilities as the sector continues to provide care for the nation's elderly during the COVID-19 crisis.

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How to self-isolate and tips to not get bored indoors

20/03/2020 - According to health experts most of us will get the virus at some stage so it can be expected that at some point over the next few months you may have to self-isolate at home.

The Federal Government has called for people to self-isolate at home if they have just returned from overseas or have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed with coronavirus or COVID-19.

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Everything you need to know about coronavirus

19/03/2020 - COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China in December 2019. According to the WHO, this strain of coronavirus has not been previously identified in humans.

A coronavirus is a large family of viruses which can cause illness in animals or humans. The Australian Department of Health says it will most often cause respiratory infections.

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Prime Minister announces further restrictions to aged care

18/03/2020 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a special announcement on 18 March announcing further restrictions on aged care to combat the threat of coronavirus, or COVID-19, on Australia's most vulnerable.

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Providers to limit visitations to protect elderly from COVID-19

16/03/2020 - The Federal Government has announced it's encouraging aged care providers to limit the number of visitations to their facility from 16 March under new national guidelines to prevent and control the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19.

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Coronavirus stimulus package boosts aged care

12/03/2020 - From 10-12 March, the Federal Government released stimulus packages for the healthcare sector and the economy, in response to the spreading coronavirus, aiming to boost pensioner income, strengthen aged care practices and identified aged care as a priority area during this coronavirus threat.

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Potential lockdowns for aged care facilities at risk of coronavirus

05/03/2020 - Aged care facilities may be put into lockdown due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases. This was announced by Prime Minister (PM) Scott Morrison in a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, ACT on 3 March.

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