‘Protecting older citizens a community responsibility’
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.”
LOOKING OUT FOR ELDERS: Leading Age Services Australia says protecting older Australians from coronavirus should be a top priority for everyone.