Elder abuse likely on the rise during COVID-19
Last Wednesday, an Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN) webinar about elder abuse highlighted that the abuse of older Australians has likely increased since the start of COVID-19.
Jenny Blakey, Board Member and Chair of Advisory Group at Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) and Manager of Seniors Rights Victoria, was a panellist at this webinar, saying there was a big cause for concern for older people who are likely self-isolating and staying away from their support networks.
Concerns COVID-19 lockdown could prompt rise in elder abuse
COVID-19 Guide for Providers of in home aged care – 3 April 2020
A guide to assist Home Care and Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Providers who provide care to older people living at home is now available on thedepartment’s website. This guide provides information and guidance on how to stay safe from COVID-19 including how providers can prepare their organisation, equipment and resources, and how staff and clients can manage COVID-19.
Important information on COVID-19 – 2 April 2020
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most at risk, it is important that you take the recommended steps to protect yourself and others. Read more on How to protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources for older Australians
Coronavirus can be more serious for older Australians, but we can help to protect those most at risk. An information sheet for older Australians, their family and friends about how to protect older Australians from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Guardian Australia, 2 April 2020
Groceries, telehealth and pharmaceuticals: how older Australians can get help at home
Older Australians are highly vulnerable to Covid-19 but new and existing services are available to help them stay healthy, stay sane, and stay home.
On Sunday the federal government strongly recommended that people over 70 should go into self-isolation – meaning they should avoid contact with anyone outside their home, and should leave the home only if absolutely necessary.
For older Australians, many of whom are not used to ordering groceries or pharmaceuticals online, this presents logistical challenges.