From 22 December, visitors from some Local Government Areas (LGAs) will not be able to visit. Please refer to the NNSWLHD media release: New Restrictions at Northern NSW Hospitals
Three video animations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been developed to support a new national social and emotional wellbeing and mental health awareness project Keep Your Spirit Strong. The material acknowledges this year has been difficult and there is help out their if you need it.
Find out more at www.headtohealth.gov.au
The Ageing and Disability Commission office has shared some supports and information. The office will be closed from 24 December until Monday 11 January 2021.
The Ageing and Disability Abuse helpline will be available during this period except on the public holidays and 29 December 2020. Online reports can still be made via the online form , or to [email protected] ….
FRIENDLINE is a free, non-crisis support line available for any adult, who is feeling lonely or socially isolated. The support line is open 2-6pm Monday & Friday; 2-8pm Tues, Wed and Thursday; 2-5pm Saturday & Sunday.
BEING Supported – Mental lonely or are socially isolated.
Being Supported- Mental Health Peer Support Line staffed by trained and experienced Peer Support Specialists all with their own lived experience of mental health issues. Running 7 days 10am-4pm and 6-10pm call
No worker wants to be faced with the decision to resuscitate or not. However, this is can be an issue for aged sector workers, even though Do Not Resuscitate orders (DNR) are legally binding. A worker is obliged to resuscitate if the order cannot be found. This is a distressing situation for the older person, their family as well as the worker when the written wishes of the older person cannot be found. It is important for the older person to make your wishes known to the appropriate people including staff. It is also essential to make sure those wishes are documented.
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National Seniors Australia (NSA) reminds us that seniors are often targeted to sign up for online discounts during the Xmas season. NSA shared some information with CHOICE who investigated further. Read the whole article here
And the published report from CHOICE here
Regular infection prevention and control (IPC) training of staff is vital to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF).
NSW Health has delivered IPC training to all Residential Aged Care providers in NSW using a Train-the-Trainer format. It is expected that this training will be in turn provided to all NSW RACFs.
If your RACF has not received this training, contact your head office / aged care provider to arrange its delivery.
There are also a range of free on-line training courses available for staff:
Aged care providers in NSW are reminded to visit the NSW Health website for updated advice and directions. Advice is being updated regularly including visitation arrangements.
NSW public orders and guidance from the Chief Health Officer must be followed and applied across the state at this point in time. This means that the current NSW Health advice supersedes national guidance in the Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Escalation Tiers and Aged Care Provider Responses.
For any additional information refer to the site below.
There will be more visitors to our region for the holiday period, it’s important that we continue to keep our community COVID safe.
Free assessment and COVID-19 testing is available across the NSW North Coast. Anyone with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or fatigue should get tested.
Visit NSW Health for a full list of COVID testing clinics in your area.
General practice respiratory clinics will have limited opening hours over the Christmas break, with most clinics closing from Friday 25 December and re-opening on Monday 4 January. The clinics have capacity to extend their hours to meet demand. Opening hours for the holiday period will be kept up to date on the Healthy North Coast website. Visit our interactive map to find a testing location near you.
Lismore City Council is concerned that charity stores will become the target of illegal dumping over the Christmas break and is reminding people that hefty fines apply for anyone caught dumping.
Council’s Environmental Compliance Officer Stuart Thomson said fines of $4000 apply for any person found guilty of illegal waste dumping and Council would not hesitate to prosecute any person suspected of committing a waste dumping offence.
He said most charity stores in Lismore had 24-hour surveillance at drop-off points and Council would be using this as evidence after the Christmas break to prosecute offenders.
“Residents need to be aware that like the rest of us, most charity stores close for a well-earned Christmas break,” Stuart explained.
“Council is pleading with residents to keep the goods that they have set aside for charity donations until the stores reopen in 2021.
“If there is no appropriate receptacle to place your items in and you leave those items beside, on top of or nearby a donations bin, your actions may be viewed as illegal waste dumping.”
Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for The Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.
If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of becoming homeless, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.
If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday or email [email protected]