Village Voice: April 2020

We are here for you… always

These are extraordinary times. Much of what we do is healthcare related and an “Essential Service” and we are adapting to what is a constantly changing landscape and ensuring that what we do on a daily basis does not put Residents, Clients or Staff at increased risk. There will be a lot of inconvenience over the coming weeks as we as people, a village, a community and a nation make changes to our daily lives to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please be assured, that we are here and will continue to be, although things may look and feel a little different for a while.

There are a number of ways you can support yourself and others through these times.

  • Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of disruption and isolation to slow the spread of the virus.
  • Remember that your effort is helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus.
  • Stay connected with friends, family and colleagues via email, social media, video conferencing or telephone.
  • Engage in healthy indoor activities that you enjoy and find relaxing.
  • Keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy foods.
  • Try to maintain physical activity as much as possible.
  • Establish routines as best as possible and try to view this period as a new experience that can bring health benefits.
  • Avoid news and social media if you find it distressing.

At the time of writing, the latest advice from the Prime Minister is:
All people over 70 should self-isolate and stay home for their own protection.
Social gatherings have been limited to 2 people.
All Australians of any age should remain at home at all times unless doing the following;

  • Buying essential supplies
  • To work, if unable to work from home
  • To exercise
  • To attend personal medical appointments, or for compassionate reasons

Please stay home, use the phone and wash your hands.
The most important message now is to avoid all gatherings of people, whenever possible. If you are in doubt about whether or not you should go to an appointment, attend a social engagement, or interact with people you’re not currently living with in your home – the simple answer is don’t. Your actions now can save lives.
Our staff and Management are dealing with literally hundreds of additional emails and communications at the moment from all sorts of official and non-official sources, please be patient with us while we prioritise issues and take a little longer to respond than our usual level of service, we are doing all we can to support the mental health and welfare of our Residents, Clients and Staff and we are grateful for your support and encouragement at this time.

Take care,

Kim Jackson, Executive Manager