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COVID-19 advice for seniors

How the COVID-19 restrictions affect you and where you can get support and information.

COVID-19 restrictions have been eased across the State for the fully vaccinated

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Current restrictions on aged care residences

There are restrictions on visitor entry and resident movement in residential care facilities in some areas of NSW.

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NSW Health advises that people over 60 are more likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19. To keep yourself safe, follow the health and safety guidelines that apply to everyone in the community. 

Get vaccinated as soon as possible to reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and from spreading it to others. Take extra care when deciding where you go and who you see. 

Check the COVID-19 rules and restrictions.  

Each of us needs to make our own decisions about resuming the activities we enjoyed before the spread of COVID‐19. 

Whatever you decide to do, it’s important to: 

  • get vaccinated with any available COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can
  • follow the rules regarding face masks, gatherings, travel and venues
  • stay COVID-safe when you’re out and about by wearing a mask, staying 1.5m away from other people and maintaining good hand hygiene
  • stay active, healthy and connected in other ways when you’re at home
  • get tested if you have any symptoms, even if they are only mild
  • make sure you continue to attend any medical appointments you may have.

Vaccinations for seniors

People aged 60 and over are encouraged to get vaccinated with any available vaccine as soon as possible if they are yet to do so. 

Vaccinations are available at more than 3000 locations across NSW including pharmacies, GPs and NSW Health clinics. The AstraZeneca vaccine is available for anyone 18 years and over, while the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available for anyone aged 12 years and over.

COVID-19 vaccination bookings for 60+ years 

Current restrictions on residential aged care facilities

There are restrictions on visitor entry and resident movement in residential aged and disability care facilities in some areas of NSW.

Check NSW Health advice for 

Staying safe when you leave the house

There are no specific rules for people over 60 – just follow health and safety guidelines below when you go out: 

Follow the specific rules that apply to going to your place of worship and attending weddings and funerals.

Face masks

NSW Health recommends that you wear a face mask. Face masks are particularly important when: 

Masks are likely to be compulsory at aged care homes and in health care settings such as hospitals and clinics.

Vulnerable people

We all need to be more careful around vulnerable people. NSW Health asks older and more vulnerable people to limit their activities to protect themselves. 

Those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 include people who have a diagnosed chronic medical condition and/or a compromised immune system. 

People who live in a group residential aged care facility are also considered vulnerable by NSW Health. 

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities are also more vulnerable. 

If you have friends or family members who are vulnerable, you can help them by:

  • staying in touch, but not visiting vulnerable people if you are unwell
  • conduct your visits outdoors if possible and maintain physical distancing
  • dropping off groceries or other essentials if they need support.

Staying connected

If you live alone or are self-isolating for any reason, take care of your mental wellbeing by staying connected with your community, family, and friends. While you might not be able to see people in person, you can stay in touch over the telephone.

Using a mobile phone, portable device, laptop or computer will give you even more options to stay connected by text message, email, online chat apps and video calls.

Using mobile apps and online services

The Tech Savvy Seniors Program provides low-cost training to help seniors use apps and online services.

The program is delivered by community colleges and libraries at locations across NSW. Find out more about how you can access the training.

If you are concerned about protecting your personal and financial information online, visit the Stay Smart Online website where you can

  • learn how to protect yourself online
  • keep up with the latest online threats and know how to deal with them
  • find out about help available if you are caught out by a scam.

Getting help at home

If you need help at home, visit the My Aged Care website to find out about the home care available to you on an ongoing basis or even for a short time. This might include services that will help you:

  • stay well and independent
  • be safe in your home
  • keep in touch with your community.

Keeping active and healthy

If you are limiting your contact with other people and going out less, it is even more important to stick to an active and healthy daily routine.  

Keep yourself active and healthy by:

  • getting some fresh air and exercise
  • eating a healthy and balanced diet
  • attending to your regular medical needs.

Get help at home

If you need help at home, visit the My Aged Care website to find out about the home care available to you on an ongoing basis or even for a short time. This might include services that will help you

  • stay well and independent
  • be safe in your home
  • keep in touch with your community.

Going to a place of worship

Places of worship must follow current COVID-19 restrictions.

Conditions of entry may apply. These should be displayed at all entrances and made available on the organisation’s website and social media platforms.

There will be limits on how many people can enter at one time. Everyone should maintain physical distancing and good personal hygiene. Staff may ask you to enter or leave the premises at a particular time or through a specific door to reduce crowding at the entrance or exit.

If you’re feeling unwell 

Do not attend religious services, weddings, funerals or other gatherings in person if you are feeling unwell or think you may have any COVID-19 symptoms.

You may want to ask the organisers if they will livestream the event so that you can watch it online and participate from home.

Symptoms of COVID‐19 include

  • fever
  • cough
  • a sore or scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

Even if you only have mild symptoms, do not go out except to get tested as soon as possible. After you've been tested, you should stay home while you are waiting for test results.

Information and advice

You can call these free services for information about COVID-19 or help with home care, transport, social connection or financial support.

Service NSW

National COVID older persons information line

  • Phone: 1800 171 866
  • Open: 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Closed public holidays.
  • Practical help and advice on the current guidelines and support available.

Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)

Coronavirus disability information helpline

National coronavirus helpline

Translating and Interpreting Services

National Relay Service

 

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