COVID-19 Support for seniors
There are a range of resources and support services available to seniors during times of crisis, such as the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
COVID-19 health advice for older Australians
Department of Health
The Department of Health has developed an information sheet for older Australians, their family and friends on how to support seniors from the spread of COVID-19. This can be downloaded by visiting the Department of Health website below:
A separate factsheet with information for families on restricted visits to residential aged care facilities can also be downloaded. Please click below:
National Coronavirus Helpline - 1800 020 080
Call this line if you are seeking information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Federal Government’s Healthdirect website is an essential resource for older Australians who have concerns or questions about COVID-19, including information on:
- Additional healthcare services and how to access them
- Home Care Packages
- How to remain in contact with friends, family and relatives
Click below to visit the Healthdirect website:
COVID-19 support for older Australians
Alzheimer’s WA has developed a range of resources with advice and activities for families and carers of people living with dementia who may be self-isolating. Click below for further information from the Alzheimer's WA website:
Red Cross' volunteer-run Covid Connect service offers regular phonecall pwellbeing check-ups to anyone that is feeling isolated and lonely. Click below for further information from the Red Cross Australia website:
Advocare provides free and confidential advocacy services across WA via phone (9479 7566/1800 655 566) between 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more on the Advocare website by clicking below:
Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)
OPAN is running a helpline for older Australians who have questions or concerns about the implications of COVID-19.
Call 1800 237 981 (8am-8pm AEDT, Monday-Friday) or email email@example.com.
Vinnies are continuing to offer support for seniors and vulnerable people who are in self-isolation or in need of support. Find out more on the Vinnies website by clicking below:
Friendly Neighbour Support
We can all play a part in supporting each other during these unprecedented and challenging times #WannerooTogether
That's why we've designed some postcards aimed at helping you to look after your neighbours if they are self-isolating, social distancing or just need a bit of extra help. Download, print, fill it out and pop in your neighbours' letterboxes so they can contact you if they need.
Activities to do at home
Bird Watching Bingo
Download the bird watching bingo sheet by clicking below.
Mindful Colouring Sheet
Colouring can be an enjoyable alternative to meditation or mindfulness, and can be used as a way to reduce feelings of anxiety. In particular, colouring-in a mandala (a round shape) has been found to be the most beneficial form of colouring in for reducing anxiety.
Download a Mindful Colouring sheet by clicking below: