For elderly people in particular, being isolated can become a dangerous situation.
Here in East Gippsland, we’re in the habit of checking in on our neighbours from time to time, or ducking over for a cuppa with an elderly friend or relative.
Those informal visits have a huge impact, on making sure vulnerable people stay connected to others and the social and wellness supports they may need.
But of course, COVID has changed all that. And that is a worry.
If you know someone…
If you know someone who is isolated in East Gippsland – whether it’s your parents, friends, or a neighbour you barely know – find a way to reach out to them.
Give them a call, knock on their door, or slip a letter under their door to say hi and ask whether you can be of any help.
(In addition to being a vital public service, we promise you it’ll also feel great!)
If you are isolated…
If you are isolated in East Gippsland, or are having a hard time coping at the moment, here’s some resources that might help.
National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080. Open 24 hours.
Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line: 1800 171 866. Open Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 6 pm
If you are feeling less connected as a result of COVID-19 you can also call the Coronavirus hotline (1800 675 398) and press 3.
You will be connected to a volunteer from the Australian Red Cross who can link you with local supports.
Here’s some other numbers:
Beyond Blue 1800 512 348
Lifeline 13 11 14
MensLine – 1300 789 978
Let’s all look after each other, and we’ll get through this together.