COVID-19: Check in on the vulnerable
Published at: 27 Mar 2020
COMMUNITY INTERLINK HAS ENCOURAGED LOCAL RESIDENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, FOLLOWING CARE AND SERVICE REDUCTIONS.
GV Health Community Interlink Acting Divisional Director Tricia Van de Paverd has encouraged locals to check on their elderly and disabled family members, friends and neighbours during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ms Van de Paverd said to also keep social distancing guidelines in mind when doing so.
“What we are seeing is a reduction in some of the supports that would ordinarily be delivered to elderly and disabled people,” she said.
“This is simply because care and service providers are having to limit their face-to-face contact.”
Ms Van de Paverd said a simple phone call was incredibly important at this time to ask how our loved ones are going.
“Ask if the person has enough food and groceries for a week and if they have their medication,” she said.
“Also ask how they are handling things during this time.
“We should be aware that it’s the little things that may be easy for us, that others simply can’t manage on their own.”
While Ms Van de Paverd said Community Interlink staff would continue to vigilantly monitor the wellbeing of their service consumers, she expressed concern for others in the Goulburn Valley area who she feared may be overlooked or struggle to access needed supports.
“We are aware that there are many others out there who do not receive the same level of support as our consumers,” she said.
“That’s where everyone can make a difference.”
Ms Van de Paverd also highlighted the need to look out for the mental wellbeing of vulnerable people amid new social distancing precautions.
“Social distancing is a preventative measure,” she said.
“We also need to ensure that we stay connected via safe means such as by phone or the internet, in order to stay mentally and physically healthy.
“Although the COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for the aged care and disability service sectors, it is not a reason to be frightened, merely one to be alert and vigilant to protecting one another.
“We all have a role to play and remaining calm and sensible is imperative.”
Goulburn Valley Health is a registered NDIS provider and lead agency of NDIS and Home Care health service partnership Community Interlink.