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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest news and updates from Benetas

 

Coronavirus actions across Benetas

Benetas is taking every measure to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its residents, clients and employees and is committed to keeping the Benetas community informed throughout this difficult time.

Residential Aged Care

Confirmed COVID-19 cases at St George's Residential Aged Care
Since 3rd of July, Benetas’ Altona Meadows St George’s home has been managing confirmed COVID-19 cases. Please follow the status and updates here. We have also released FAQs regarding efforts in place and actions being taken.

Restricted Visitor Access in areas of Heightened Transmission
In line with the Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions reinstated by the Victorian Government, Benetas is temporarily restricting visitor access to all our residential aged care homes across Victoria. Find out more about the restrictions and read our Frequently Asked Questions.


Home Care

Your health, wellbeing and independence at home is more important than ever. We continue to provide essential care and support for the older people living at home, albeit with more rigorous health, safety and hygiene protocols and practices in place.


Respite

To comply with restrictions, and ensure the safety of our clients, their families and our employees, a number of Benetas respite service centres have been closed until further notice. This includes Hurlingham, Kilby House and Bateman House.

However, Benetas continues to offer respite care at our residential locations across Victoria. In-home respite is also available.


Retirement Living

To protect the health and safety of our residents and employees, the Dalkeith Heights Community Centre has been closed until further notice.


Health Care

Macedon Ranges Health services continue to operate from our centre. A strong screening process has been implemented to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. We have also set up a range of solutions to support those who cannot or prefer not to visit the centre, including video or telehealth appointments. If you have an appointment and are feeling unwell, please call ahead to discuss your situation.

 

Visitor Support Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to help.

Got a couple of hours to spare to help us in our Residences? As we once again open our doors to visits from loved ones during set visiting hours, we are requesting assistance from interested volunteers to help welcome and pre-screen visitors. You will be supported and directed along every step of the way.

Find out more.

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Dr Norman Swan’s advice for older Australians navigating COVID-19

In the short web video, Dr Norman Swan provides great advice and tips to help older Australians and their loved ones navigate COVID-19.

This is part of LASA and OPAN’s campaign to overcome misconceptions in the community, and support families and older people in their care who may have concerns around COVID-19 and the current measures in place.

 

Need to talk to someone?

New COVID-19 Support for Older Australians

A number of advocates for older Australians have launched a dedicated free call service to support the mental health of older Australians affected by the spread of COVID-19. The phone line will be staffed by advisers who can offer practical help and advice and is a partnership between OPAN, COTA and National Seniors Australia.

Call 1800 171 866

The support line will operate Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm (except public holidays).

 

The global impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have us all feeling uncertain, so there is no better time to share uplifting moments of support for our older loved ones and each other.

#SpreadKindness

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Confirmed COVID-19 case for employee at St George's

9th July 2020

Unfortunately, despite the rigorous measures we have been putting in place to protect our community, an employee at our St Geor...

Restricted visitor access for Benetas aged care homes in Met...

8th July 2020

Benetas is temporarily restricting visitor access to all our aged care homes in Metropolitan Melbourne.

Restricted visitor access to Gladswood Lodge and Colton Clos...

30th June 2020

Benetas is temporarily reinstating restricted visitor access to Colton Close and Gladswood Lodge residential aged care homes in...

It’s time to call out the impact of COVID-19 on women

26th June 2020

Health crises tend to magnify existing inequalities and within only a few months, COVID-19 has triggered unprecedented change t...

One month into Benetas’ visitor support program

12th June 2020

Benetas Gisborne Oaks Residential Manager, Sheena Mannion, shares her reflections one month into bringing residents and their l...

Our reflection three months on

9th June 2020

Last Friday marks three months since Benetas intensified efforts to protect the health and safety of our residents, clients and...

Supporting the health and wellbeing of our people during COV...

15th May 2020

Felix Cheng, Wellbeing Manager, shares the challenges and methods taken to support employee wellbeing during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update

1st May 2020

We continue to monitor the evolving developments of COVID-19 and ensure the upmost health and safety of clients in our care. Ou...

Messages of kindness reach Gisborne Oaks

1st May 2020

To help beat COVID blue, Gisborne Oaks has received a steady delivery of letters, cards and parcels from the community, includi...

Keeping physically active during COVID-19

20th April 2020

MRH Physio, Madeleine, explains how and why we should remain physically active during COVID-19.

New flu vaccine requirement

15th April 2020

From 1 May all visitors and employees must provide proof of a current flu vaccination before they enter a Benetas aged care hom...

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