CovidSafe Settings in Victoria, Australia: Keeping Seniors Safe
Following a reduced risk of exposure and transmission, the COVIDSafe Settings in Victoria was further relaxed, allowing reduced mask-wearing for more guests in the house and other entertainment venues in Melbourne and the rest of VIC, Australia.
However, residents must all remain alert and get checked while we do our best to keep our seniors safe.
Creating a CovidSafe Plan for Seniors
People over the age of 70, as well as those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems, are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. Thus, it is crucial to create a COVIDSafe plan for older people.
The COVIDSafe Plan outlines measures to prevent transmitting coronavirus at home or work. It further summarises the protective gears for workers, and the strategies on how to prepare and respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.
To remain healthy and safe, older Victorians should:
To stay healthy, older adults should continue to:
Seniors should seek medical attention and stay at home when experiencing any coronavirus symptoms. They must get tested and do self-quarantine until the results are obtained.
Support for elders and carers
Since the onset of the pandemic, various kinds of support have been given to senior Victorians. These include emergency relief packs, home support services, and grocery delivery service. Similarly, carers are given assistance and respite through the Victorian Support for Carers Program.
VIC’s Health Advice and Restrictions
Since March 26, Victorians have no longer been required to wear masks in retail establishments, but were still asked to do so while using public transit or rideshare vehicles, and while in hospitals or aged care facilities. They can also host up to 100 people at home or 200 people at an outdoor location.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Seniors
To complete COVID-19 vaccine, seniors need two injections spaced a few weeks apart. Beginning late February, the vaccine has been distributed in stages to ensure that those who are most at risk receive priority.
Contact Tracing for Seniors
More public establishments like restaurants, cafes, and pubs are requiring customers to ’check in’ using a QR code before entering. While many seniors lack access to a smartphone or tablet, workers can use their mobile to sign in a senior for contact tracing.
COVID-19 Support Hotlines for Seniors
Here is a list of COVID-19 emergency and support lines dedicated to elderly services.