Message from Age Concern Kapiti

Message from Age Concern Kapiti – 20 May 2020

Age Concern Kapiti encourages you to follow the government’s Covid-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines and continue with social distancing and hand hygiene.  These guidelines are very important now we can go out and about and extend our bubbles.

To ensure you look after yourself, your family and friends: only rely on information from trusted sources such as the Government, the World Health Organisation and from the national media. Do not forward or share messages that are from other, unreliable sources. The dedicated Government website for Covid-19 is a great resource.

https://covid19.govt.nz/

Please do not hesitate to call us for advice or support on (04) 298 8879.  Our office is now open Monday to Friday for limited hours.    

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COVID-19 Updates

Practical advice from Age Concern New Zealand

Older Kiwis – Please ask for help and stay connected!

Age Concern New Zealand want to make sure all older people are supported through the Covid-19 pandemic. During a time of uncertainty and social distancing it is normal to feel distressed and experience symptoms of stress. Age Concerns are here to help you.

Age Concerns are based in 40 locations across New Zealand and our teams are available to help with advice and support.

Stephanie Clare, Chief Executive Age Concern New Zealand, says “This is not a time to sit in silence, if you are worried about anything from your medication and food supplies through to your mental wellbeing you should call us.

“Too often we hear of people not wanting to be a burden or make a fuss, please make a fuss! We have amazing staff and volunteers who can help direct you to the support or information you need.

“We know that social isolation is already a huge issue for some of our older kiwis so we are adapting some of our services from face to face to other forms of connection so that no one feels alone during this time.

“We are also encouraging friends, family and communities to find new ways to keep connected, from Skype calls, delivering a meal and phoning each other to leaving notes of kindness in mail boxes.

“We all have the power to connect in a safe way and help each other through this scary time” says Stephanie.

We are following the Ministry of Health guidelines for all our services and using the most current advice in these rapidly changing times.

Some key things you need to know are:

  • If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, call the NZ Covid-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453
  • Visit the Ministry of Health for more information and the latest advice on symptoms, prevention, treatment, how it spreads, self-isolation and more
  • Wash your hands often
  • Minimise direct contact with others
  • Make sure you stay connected – look for new ways to connect rather than face to face
  • Still do things that make you happy for your mental health
  • Ask your near neighbours to share contact details
  • The government has announced superannuitants will get a one-off doubling of the Winter Energy Payment this year.