Aged Care & The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Some banks are offering a SPECIAL interest rate on deposits of around 2%, as a response to the Coronavirus. But only for those over 65 years of age
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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing world-wide panic, fear & great uncertainty. Governments are taking strict measures to contain the spread of the virus and these measures are causing the public to panic buy & stock up.
Those people who are MOST at risk are the elderly and those with respiratory ailments or some other compromised health conditions. Given that we work in the aged care area, we are most concerned about those in aged care facilities and those elderly at home.
Many aged care facilities are already restricting entry into aged care facilities, especially those who have traveled to & returned from high risk countries. However, it probably won’t be long before any non-essential visits to aged care also become restricted.
Balance Aged Care Specialists have decided to offer our clients & potential clients the option to conduct our appointments via video link, rather than face to face appointments, to enable those who are feeling unwell, or who would rather NOT have a face to face meeting, to discuss & help guide them through this complex area of aged care funding. Given that the people we help are the family of someone moving into care, then we would rather limit the remote possibility that if we were to contract the virus from one of our meetings, of passing it onto another client, & have the virus end up with someone moving into care, who could then easily transmit it to others in the close environment that is aged care facilities.
We have adopted the Department of Health guidelines when it comes to safe practices in our face to face meetings;
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene (elbow or tissue) and keeping away from others when they are — or if you are — sick, is the best defence against most viruses. You also should:
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the bathroom
- cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)
- exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures
We take this opportunity to remind you of how the virus is spread
HOW IS IT SPREAD
COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
- direct close contact with an infectious person, or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
- close contact with an infected person who coughs or sneezes
- touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face
Lastly, panic is ALWAYS never needed, there is concern about the spread of the virus, but let rational thinking & calm prevail. Responsible actions, adherence to public health guidelines & respect for others will see us through this & hopefully no further loss of life amongst our most vulnerable.