The National Cabinet has asked that older Australians stay at home unless it is for essential purposes like food shopping, medical appointments and exercise. This advice relates to all Australians over 70 years of age; over 65 years of age with existing health conditions; and Indigenous Australian over the age of 50 with existing health conditions.
Australians who are staying at home and meet this criteria should still continue to receive aged care support in the home if eligible. It is vitally important during this unprecedented time that continuity of essential services by providers is maintained and that we all stay connected to the Older Australians in our community.
A common sense approach is required to ensure the safety of aged care workers and care recipients.
Advice on safe hygiene practices is available on the Department of Health website.
It is also recommended that aged care and healthcare workers undertake an online training module on How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19
19th Apr 2020