With the arrival of COVID-19, this may have looked a little different compared to your other family gatherings in the past. Perhaps you spoke to Mum over the phone, or sat across from one another on a Zoom call. Maybe you visited her while keeping a safe distance, leaving a colourful bunch of flowers in your wake.
Whilst your time together would have undoubtedly been a happy one, it may have also raised questions around your mother’s social wellbeing and how she is coping with her isolation – especially during this pandemic.
It’s not an easy topic, and will inevitably open itself up to more questions and further discussions.
You may be asking yourself:
- What does the next stage mean for my mum living at home?
- Is my mum prepared? Does she know what to ask for, her timeframe, pricing, or preferred services and desired location?
- Does my mum have assessments in place (Navigating the Aged Care System) and if so, is she ready to take up a home care package?
- Is my mum lonely?
- Would my mum consider a more permanent option in a residential care setting?
If you are wondering how this would look in the context of COVID-19, the Department of Health has released a range of strategies to keep your loved ones safe, connected and less isolated for government-funded aged care providers of in-home care and residential care facilities.
One of these benefits include socialisation, such as the ‘Community Visitors Scheme’ which has received a $10 million injection from the Prime Minister to further support older people who may be feeling more isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are seeking further advice, head over to our website to access more information and resources. If you would like a face-to-face consultation, reach out to our highly qualified and experienced Aged Care specialist and consultant Pauline Healy to answer any more questions you may be having.
Ultimately, the aged care system has been set up to guarantee your loved one’s safety, physical and mental well-being, and to meet their needs – pandemic or no pandemic.