Aged care operators are adjusting to a ‘new normal’, helping residents stay virtually connected to their loved ones during the COVID-19 lockdown and, when they listen to their extremely busy staff, find a box of groceries for home is what is needed most reports Caroline Egan from HelloCare.
Across Australia, many aged care facilities have made the difficult decision to go into lockdown as the safest way to protect elderly residents from COVID-19.
Group Homes Australia made the decision a few weeks back, and residents are now settling into their new routine, without visitors, without trips outside their homes, and with reduced levels of physical activity.
Tamar Krebs, Founder and co-CEO at Group Homes Australia said residents are coping well, with staff finding new ways to help them connect with their loved ones.
“The residents are doing well,” she said. “Our care staff (which are referred to as homemakers at Group Homes) are working very hard to keep residents busy and maintain connection with family in different ways, through Facetime, videos, and looking at old photo albums.”
Families have understood the necessity of the lockdowns and have cooperated with the decision. For more please click here to visit HelloCare
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