As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, we want to do all we can to ensure that we all remain healthy and safe during this challenging time.
Here is some information and advice on how you can look after yourself and your family and friends;
- Please rely only on information from trusted sources – e.g from Government, from the World Health Organisation and from the national media. Do not forward or share messages that are from other, unreliable sources.
- We must also halt the spread of fear, taking heed of the experiences of other countries around the world. Harm has already been caused in other countries by unreliable messages, and we must insulate our communities and the most vulnerable from the contagion of fear. Fear is a virus in itself.
The new dedicated Government website for Covid-19 is a great resource;
Also, the Kapiti Coast District Council has just opened up a dedicated page to the Coronavirus with a direct link to the Ministry of Health website
Our National body, Age Concern New Zealand, issued the following media release on Tuesday with some very practical advice;
Age Concern New Zealand (ACNZ) Media Release
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.
Here at Age Concern Kapiti, we have decided to postpone our new ‘Staying Safe’ drivers refresher classroom courses. The view of our National office and other Age Concerns around the country is clearly that new courses/initiatives should be postponed. Our current Steady As You Go Falls Prevention classes may also be postponed very soon, similarly with our HAT Group. If they are, we would like to encourage people who attend theses classes to share their phone numbers so that they can remain in contact with one another during these challenging times.
Our new AgeConnectKapiti website, www.ageconnectkapiti.co.nz will be updated with information about the Coronavirus.
We encourage you all to stay calm and encourage you to look after yourselves, your families, friends and colleagues during these challenging and uncertain times. Don’t hesitate to call us on (04) 298 8879 for any advice or support. Stay home.