CORONAVIRUS Information 13/3
13th March 2020
We are actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID 19) situation and following the advice from the Australian Government.
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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.
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.
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.
Please note, gardening services for Home Care Package clients can continue during Metro Melbourne's stage 4 lockdown - as confirmed by the Victorian Government.
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.
To protect the health and safety of our residents and employees, the Dalkeith Heights Community Centre has been closed until further notice.
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
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.
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?
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.