Family Celebrations and COVID-19

Celebrations and family rituals provide us with a sense of community, spark happy memories of the past and give us something to anticipate. Whether it is the big family Christmas, weddings, anniversaries or birthdays, these occasions can be particularly important to older adults as they provide a vital connection to family and a sense of comfort and certainty in unpredictable times.

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But for people aged 70 and over, as well as those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems, there is a much higher risk from social occasions in the age of COVID-19

So, what can we do to keep celebrations safe?

  • Recent research has suggested that smaller groups made up of close, trusted friends and family reduces the risk of exposure. So, keep celebrations short.
  • The risk of transmission is lower in an outdoor setting, so fire up the BBQ and enjoy some fresh air.
  • Rather than having a buffet or grazing platter, serve plated meals to reduce the number of hands touching food.
  • Clean high touch areas such as door handle, taps and bathrooms regularly during gatherings.
  • Engage in low contact activities such as taking a walk to look at the Christmas lights or having a virtual movie night.
  • Consider making it a Zoom or Skype celebration if you are particularly at risk and do not attend in person if you are feeling unwell.
For more information about reducing the risk of transmission this holiday season, go to:  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How is it transmitted?

Need help in organising a family catch up? The carers at InPlace Care can support you to contact all family members and arrange the long awaited get together. Sign Up Free and highlight your needs and search for the right support.

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OUR RESPONSE

WHAT WE HAVE DONE

  • Keeping our Carer community up to date with regular updates and new clinical operational procedures relevant for the best protection of their clients and themselves
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  • Continued our administration services and functions by supporting staff to work remotely, as well as other options that best suit individual staff circumstances.

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  • Keeping the InPlace Care community up to date with clinical advice that best support good practice in the provision of Home Care services
  • Implementing measures to mitigate an outbreak, including measures around health, hygiene, and general wellbeing of the community.
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The Inplace Care worker visiting your home is taking the necessary measures to ensure you say safe.
This includes following advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer about when to use equipment such as masks, gloves, aprons or gowns, and protective eyewear.
Most importantly, look after yourself and keep safe.

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The program will run for 4 weeks in February 2021.
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