For St Andrews Independent Living Residents – Retirement Living Residents

The following information was obtained from the Department of Health

What can I do to protect myself at home?
Even if you are feeling well, it is important to take steps to prevent the spread of this virus.
Good hygiene and taking care when interacting with other people are the best defene for you and your family against COVID-19.
This includes:
• covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
• disposing of tissues immediately they are used, into a dedicated waste bin, and washing your hands
• washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet, and when you have been out to shops or other places
• using alcohol-based hand sanitisers, where available
• cleaning and disinfecting surfaces you have touched
• where possible, stay 1.5 metres away from other people as an example of “social distancing”
• if you are sick, avoiding contact with others.

If you start to feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, phone the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or your GP who will be able to provide you with further advice.

Older people aged over 70 (or over 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) or people with chronic conditions are able to seek medical support from their GPs through
bulk-billed telehealth (videolink) and telephone services. Examples of possible video applications include FaceTime and Skype.

Medical practitioners must be satisfied that the services they use to video link with their patients meet current standards and laws regarding privacy and information security.

Can I still have contact with friends and family?
The Australian Government is requiring everyone to practise social distancing, which means less contact between you and other people to help slow the spread of the disease. You should limit physical contact with other people, especially young children, and avoid large groups of people. Limit your visitors to one or two people per day, and limit the duration of visits. This will help protect you and help stop the spread of disease.
It’s possible that children and young people may be carriers of COVID-19 but show no symptoms, making it extremely difficult to tell if it’s safe for them to visit an older relative.

These measures may be stressful for you and your loved ones. You can keep in touch via phone and video calls, send postcards, photos or artwork, or film short videos to share.
If you regularly visit someone living with a cognitive impairment, consider other ways of maintaining social contact will help reassure individuals who may feel anxious about possible
changes to their day to day life. You can also contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

For the latest advice and information, go to www.health.gov.au

How can your family and friends help you and other older people?
They should regularly check in with you, and see how they might help you. A simple trip to the supermarket or pharmacy on your behalf is a practical way to help you.
Continued and regular communication will be important. Friends and family can help you to keep in touch by enabling you to use mobile phones, and video call systems, such as Skype or FaceTime.
Can I leave my home for exercise or other outdoor activities?
Maintaining a good diet and exercise routine is important for your wellbeing and mental health, particularly during this challenging time.
Exercise regularly at home. Options could include exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment.
You can leave your house to go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you are well and you stay away from other people.

Regards

Julianne Winchester

Property Services Manager