29 October 2020 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Latest Update from Carers Victoria
Support services that have now reopened include:
- All AHPRA registered health workers - and in addition, social work, speech pathology, dietetics, audiology, exercise physiology, orthotists and prosthetists and those providing orthoptics, art therapy and music therapy may provide routine and preventative care for individual patients;
- All public and private health services;
- All community services including Child Protection services, residential care, disability services, homelessness and family violence services.
- End of life services including funeral, crematorium and cemetary services.
Re-emerging after Lockdown: Why You Should Take It Slow
For most of us living in Melbourne, the past 15 weeks of lockdown has been a grueling period in which time has felt elastic. The year feels like it has dragged on, but also disappeared in an instant.
For many carers, the year has presented additional challenges with the lack of in-home support services available, fears of how COVID-19 may affect a loved one both physically and mentally, and the additional pressures that come with working from home and home-schooling.
As Victoria opens up again there is an excitement in the air about catching up with family and friends, visiting cafes and restaurants and "getting back out there". But not everyone will share in this feeling.
The opening up of businesses and the opportunity to visit people means our routines will flip again. While this may be a welcome change for some people, for carers who rely on routine to ensure stability in the life of the person they care for, this presents a new challenge.
While the number of daily cases in Victoria are now very low, for people caring for someone who is immunocompromised the threat of COVID-19 is still very real. Some people may feel that it is "not yet safe" to re-emerge from their home for the (very legitimate) fear of infection.
Our advice is to take things at a pace that suits you and your household. Set limits on the number of social catch-ups you have each weekend, if that is helpful. Remember to say "no" if you feel you cannot take on any more commitments. If you're feeling exhausted, consider winding back your activities.
In an already emotionally exhausting year, some people will go from 0-100 in terms of their daily activity, but that won't suit everybody. Go out, explore, laugh - but don't forget to take stock, and be gentle on yourself.