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Be sees value in wellbeing plan in managing future lockdowns

August 16, 2021
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Be respite care worker sits on couch next to older gentleman. Both are smiling.

At Be we see the value in having a wellbeing plan for navigating through future lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, to not only protect physical health but encourage mental wellbeing for clients and the community.

Be continues to care for its clients in the community in innovative ways and being prepared and having a wellbeing plan is crucial in these challenging times.

“At Be we continue to provide important services to clients, including essential home care services, welfare checks and contactless delivery of groceries which was a terrific service for clients in need,” Be Chief Executive Liam Mayo said.

“We found a COVID safe way to continue to stay connected, relevant and valuable for older people in our communities.

“While many of us are well versed in adapting quickly, the impact of the pandemic is stressful and issues of isolation and loneliness can become a serious issue in a lockdown.

“At Be we think its important to take precautions to protect our physical health, but also be mindful of our mental health.

“The best thing you can do for your physical health is to follow the health advice from Queensland Health as well as getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“During a lockdown we would advise staying in touch with reputable sources of news and health information, but not overdoing it. It’s critical to get the information that’s relevant to you but to take a break and set limits to avoid becoming over anxious or concerned. Read more here.

“We also suggest recognising that in lockdowns plans may have to change and things like visits from family and friends will have to wait.

“While these setbacks are disappointing and it’s okay to recognise that, we encourage our clients and others in the community to find another way to stay connected, whether that’s a phone call, text or email or a video call. Learn more here. 

“For older people it’s important to remember that social distancing doesn’t mean locking yourself indoors. In a lockdown you can still  enjoy your backyard, do gardening, exercise outdoors, have meals outside and sit on the porch or balcony.

“However, having said that, as a community, it rests with all of us to look out for and support one another. If you have elderly parents of grandparents, an elderly neighbour or friend, reach out to them and remind them that they are connected to a community of people that care about them and are hear for them.

Be said if stress and anxiety does become overwhelming, help is available, including by talking to your GP or connecting with your family to raise your concerns.

Lifeline is available 24-hours a day on 13 11 14, and the Queensland Government Community Recovery Hotline is also available to support vulnerable Queenslanders in home quarantine who have no other means of support by phoning 1800 173 349

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