Your Wellbeing: Supports during COVID-19
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With many of us living in or affected by lockdowns amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been thinking about how to take care of ourselves and each other, with a focus on wellbeing.
Our solution? A wellbeing webinar series with researchers, health and wellbeing specialists and people with lived experience to share their tips, ideas and suggestions with you, so you or an older person you know can support their physical, mental and emotional health as the pandemic unfolds. To register for the other webinars click here.
Our panel of experts explore how to maintain your health and well-being during COVID-19.
This webinar covers:
- Challenges of COVID-19 lockdowns
- Wellbeing for people receiving home care and residential aged care.
- Impact of restrictions on specific communities.
- Mental health challenges.
- Support services available.
Meet the panel:
- Lisa Johnston – Aged Care Navigator, Seniors Rights Service
- Matthew Byatt – Program Manager, Department of Health (Australian Government)
- Julianne East– Member, OPAN National Older Persons Reference Group and Dementia Australia advocate
- Dr. Catherine Barrett – Director, Celebrate Ageing and Kindness Pandemic
- Hosted by Kyle Olsen
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If you’re looking for more information about the resources shared by OPAN, our panel and people tuning into the webinar, please see the details below.
- The 2021 Mental Moments Show is a month-long initiative designed to continue the conversation on the importance of mental health in aged care.
- Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line – 1800 171 866 provides support for older people, their family members and carers . You can speak to someone if you feel lonely or worried about the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 for arranging a grocery supply box or meal delivery assistance.
- Contact the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement on 1800 222 200 if you’re experiencing grief, loss or bereavement due to COVID-19. Support is offered in several languages, or call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450, request an interpreter and quote 1800 222 200 to be connected.
- The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) aims to reduce loneliness and isolation experienced by older people. Request a visit or find out how to become a volunteer here.
- Browse through the other ‘Tea Stories’ and find out how you can participate. If you’d like to become a member of the Kindness Pandemic and share in the joy and the good feels it provides sign up here.
- Violet – Support for people and families in the last stage of life. This free support is available by calling 1800 846 538.
- For information and support please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500. You can also email the helpline email@example.com
- If you’d like some other suggestions on how you can stay connected and supported within your community we have created a website full of ideas that can help you maintain your individuality, independence at home, and connection within your community as you age. Visit Stay Connected or call 1800 001 321.
- The ‘Covid-19 and the CHSP – information for clients, families and carers’ factsheet
- The ‘It’s ok to have home care’ factsheet
- The ‘Covid-19’ information for permanent aged care residents Emergency Leave’ factsheet
- For up to date information and advice on COVID-19 for aged care providers, aged care workers and people who receive residential or home care.