Staying Connected While Staying In

Staying Connected While Staying In

At a time when we can’t stand close, it is important that we stand together to support older people in our community.

It is recommended that older people aged 70 years or more, should be self isolating. This means staying at home. This also applies to people aged 60 and older with chronic illnesses and Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander people aged over 50.

There are many older adults living alone in our communities. Self isolation may make it more challenging for older people to feel connected. This can interfere with their ability to eat well. People may lose interest in preparing or eating meals alone. The social experience around mealtimes can make a big difference to appetite.

How can we help older people keep connected and stay well?

Help them set up online (if they are not already).

  • If possible, having a device that can make video calls. This way, they can still see people’s faces.
  • Try sharing a meal or cuppa over a video call. This may help them to eat more.
  • Talk about meal or recipe ideas.
  • Being online may also help them access telehealth appointments with their GP.
  • For more information to help set them up, visit https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au/topic-library

Set a time to call daily.

  • It may be helpful to have a roster of family members to check in.
  • It is good to make a regular time so older people can be near the phone.

Encourage keeping connections with friends and neighbours.

  • This may be through the telephone or a chat over the fence. Grab a seat and a cuppa to chat.

Post a letter or parcel.

  • Encourage family members and friends to write a letter or young children to do a drawing.
  • Something arriving in the mail can be exciting.

Check older people have essential household supplies.

  • Organise a delivery of groceries
  • If dropping off essential supplies such as groceries and medications, talk to them through fly screen doors or a window. You could sit on their lawn and bring your own cuppa to have while talking with them.

Remind them they can go outside for  some fresh air.

  • Gardening is a great way to keep active while being outside.

Keep them updated with the latest safety advice.