Staying connected and in good health

Published on 30 November 2021

Staying connected to people and continuing to go to your regular check-ups and medical appointments is essential to maintaining good health and wellbeing. 
 
If you are not in regular contact with any family or friends and are starting to feel isolated, why not register with one of the free social programs on offer below:
 
  • The Community Visitors Scheme provides social support via telephone or online and is available to anyone who is feeling socially isolated or receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or a Home Care Package. 
  • The Red Cross ‘COVID Connect’ program is offering a free phone call, either as a once off or as regularly as you like. The phone call is from the Australian Red Cross and is for anyone who is not in regular social contact and is experiencing loneliness. It's easy and free to register, just call 1800 733 276 or register online.
 

Keep up with medical appointments 

To remain in good health, it’s also essential to continue going to your regular medical check-ups and undertaking any tests you need, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
While it’s important to follow the Government directions regarding any restrictions, delaying medical screenings such as cancer screenings or routine appointments for chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease can lead to serious health issues in the future.
 
Many GP's are now consulting over the phone via the Telehealth service, so you can stay in touch with your health professional from the comfort of your own home.  
 

Transport to and from appointments

If you do need transport to get you to and from any appointments, you may be eligible for AccessCare’s taxi card. To see if you are eligible for this service call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422
 

Older persons COVID-19 hotline

It’s a challenging time for many of us. If you are feeling lonely, need assistance or have questions about COVID-19, please call the Older Persons COVID-19 on 1800 171 866 from 8:30am - 6pm Monday to Friday.
 
The Support Line provides information and support for older Australians, their families, friends and carers.

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