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Self-Care for Seniors during COVID-19

The Government has asked that older Australians stay at home unless it is for essential purposes like food shopping, medical appointments and exercise. This advice relates to people over the age of 70, or those with weakened immune systems.

If you must leave your home, practice good hygiene and stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people. Currently, there is no need to wear a facemask in Tasmania unless it is impossible to keep your distance from other people.

Appointments with your Doctor can now take place over a phone or via a video call, if appropriate. Ring your doctor directly regarding this.

It is important that you get the 2020 flu vaccination which is now available from your GP or pharmacy.  Also discuss with your doctor whether you should also have the vaccination against pneumonia, which is recommended for everyone over 65, and perhaps the shingles vaccination.

It is now possible to get your prescription medications home delivered so contact your pharmacy to organise this.

Essential home care services may still be delivered to you and where possible, this should be through your usual services.  Speak with your provider about changes to your usual services, such as arranging a carer to shop on your behalf. Older Australians can access short term home support services (such as meals or personal care) in an emergency without having had an aged care assessment. Speak with a home care provider such as Corumbene Care, about these measures.

Source: Dept Health Fact Sheet

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