‘Pro­tect­ing older cit­i­zens a com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity’

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE­STYLE -

LEAD­ING Age Ser­vices Aus­tralia, the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion for all providers of age ser­vices, is ap­peal­ing to ev­ery­one over the age of 70 to fol­low the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s di­rec­tives to stay at home, and en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to make pro­tect­ing older Aus­tralians from coro­n­avirus a pri­or­ity.

“Our cher­ished el­ders are the most vul­ner­a­ble to this deadly pan­demic, es­pe­cially those with un­der­ly­ing health chal­lenges,” said LASA CEO Sean Rooney.

“LASA wel­comes the new rec­om­men­da­tions for self­iso­la­tion by those aged 70 or over.

“Sav­ing the lives of our se­niors from the COVID-19 pan­demic is a com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“The obli­ga­tion is on all of us to do ev­ery­thing we can to sup­port and stay con­nected with our el­ders but avoid any phys­i­cal con­tact or risk of virus trans­mis­sion.”

LASA also wel­comes the gov­ern­ment’s lat­est $1.1 bil­lion health com­mit­ment in­clud­ing a $669 ex­pan­sion of tele­health ser­vices to help peo­ple stay­ing at home.

Bulk-billing of doc­tors’ ser­vices will be a pri­or­ity as part of the pack­age, to en­sure vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients who need ser­vices con­tinue to be pro­vided with free, timely and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­cess to health care.

The new fund­ing in­cludes ex­tra men­tal health ser­vices, with $10 mil­lion specif­i­cally for older Aus­tralians and $3 mil­lion ear­marked to sup­port the coun­try’s health work­ers on the front­line.

“LASA is work­ing closely with the gov­ern­ment and the De­part­ment of Health, to en­sure ad­e­quate sup­port for older Aus­tralians, es­pe­cially those who are re­ceiv­ing care in res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties and in their own homes,” Mr Rooney said.

“Providers of age ser­vices in Aus­tralia – across res­i­den­tial aged care, in-home care and re­tire­ment vil­lages – are work­ing tire­lessly to pro­tect res­i­dents and clients, as well as the ded­i­cated and com­pas­sion­ate staff who pro­vide their care.

“LASA con­tin­ues to ad­vo­cate strongly on be­half of our mem­bers and the sec­tor, so providers can fo­cus on car­ing for vul­ner­a­ble older Aus­tralians.”

Pic­ture: iS­tock

LOOK­ING OUT FOR EL­DERS: Lead­ing Age Ser­vices Aus­tralia says pro­tect­ing older Aus­tralians from coro­n­avirus should be a top pri­or­ity for ev­ery­one.

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