COVID-19 Aged Care Information

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Aged Care COVID-19 CPD module now available

This module is directed primarily to the aged care sector and will explain what the virus is and how it is transmitted. It provides information on how to protect yourself and residents, detailing the precautions workers should take in residential aged care to prevent and, where necessary, contain COVID-19. The module will provide advice on how to involve residents and visitors in minimising transmission.
Complete the module online now.
Free for members. Members must log in to view the CPD website.

Dementia Australia - Tips for People Living with Dementia

Update: 27 March

Dementia Australia Chief Executive Maree McCabe is urging aged care providers to do all they can to find alternative ways to keep residents with dementia in touch with society and Dementia Australia has released ‘help sheets’ to navigate these tough times.

“There is confusion in the community and new rules announced daily to keep pace with this rapidly evolving situation,” McCabe said.

“For people living dementia this can create even more uncertainty.

“We have developed these Help Sheets to provide clarity on what people can do to achieve the best possible outcomes for people living with dementia.”

The sheets include; tips for people living with dementia, Tips for carers, friends and family, tips for providers and tips for home care providers.

Read more

Webinar: COVID-19 and what it means for people in Aged Care

Update: 24 March

Representatives from OPAN, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) (a peak agency of aged care providers), the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and St Andrews Village will be giving updates and information for older people, their families and their representatives about the current situation in the aged care industry regarding COVID-19.

When: Wednesday 25 March, 9:30am – 10:15am AEDT

Who should view the webinar:

Older people receiving aged care, families, friends and representatives. Also open to the aged care sector.

You will learn:

  • What's known at the moment and what is still emerging
  • What aged care providers are doing to get ready and respond
  • Information about restricted visitation to aged care homes
  • What's being done to prevent social isolation during restricted visits and how to maintain contact with loved ones
  • How to access aged care advocacy and other support
  • What can be done to prevent COVID-19
  • How to keep informed about what's happening in aged care

Register to attend

Residential Aged Care facilities new visitation restrictions

On Thursday 19 March, the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, and the Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, released information on the restrictions to apply to visits in residential aged care facilities to combat the spread of COVID-19. You can view the Minister's statement on the Department of Health website. Further details can be found in the statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

ANMF calls for immediate stop on all non-essential visits to nursing homes

On Wednesday 18 March, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is calling for a temporary ban on all non-essential visits to chronically understaffed nursing homes, in a concerted, community-led effort to shield vulnerable older Australians from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Read the full article.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health package announced

On Wednesday 11 March, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, announced a health package designed to protect all Australians, including vulnerable groups such as senior Australians, from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Importantly for the aged care sector, the package includes $101.2 million to:

  • Educate and train aged care workers in infection control, and enable aged care providers to hire extra nurses and aged care workers for both residential and home care.
  • Make available additional aged care staff for deployment to facilities as needed, where an urgent health response is required and to provide extra support for staff and training.
  • Provide additional funding for the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to work with providers on improving infection control.

Read the full release.

ANMF calls for urgent aged care action on coronavirus

On Wednesday 4 March, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) announced they are working with the Federal Government, health departments and industry stakeholders on contingency plans to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the aged care workforce and vulnerable nursing home residents.

Read the full article.