If you are currently receiving services and supports through NDIS or My Aged Care such as personal care, or even domestic activities (e.g. house cleaning, garden maintenance, meal preparation) then these services should continue unless you have decided otherwise. However given the restrictions on leaving home, it is likely that any social support may be temporarily suspended.
If you have specific questions in relation to your services, it is best to contact the service providers directly or if you have a Support Coordinator through NDIS please contact them to discuss this further.
NDIS regularly updates their website on the response to coronavirus and how it could impact both participants and providers. My Aged Care also provides information and support in response to Covid-19https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/covid-19-information-support
Respite services are essential in supporting carers who are looking after our most vulnerable members of society, including those with HD. Carer support agencies such as Carer’s Victoria continue to operate to provide essential services to carers which include:
Carers Victoria are contactable on 1800 514 845
Carer Gateway is another service offering support for carers including support in accessing emergency respite on 1800 422 737 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you or someone you know is at risk of, or are experiencing domestic or family violence please know that services and supports are still available to help keep you safe. These services can explore your options to help improve your safety whether that means staying at home or arranging crisis accommodation.
To support families as well as the centres that care for our children, the Government introduced their Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. These payments are made directly to the service to help ensure their survival and maintain their employees. These payments are now set to cease as of the 12th July 2020. During this time, families will not be required to pay the gap fee. From Monday 13 July 2020, both the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will recommence. The Government has however temporarily eased the activity test to assist families whose employment has been impacted by Covid-19 to return to the same or similar level of work, study or training they were participating in prior to Covid-19. These families will receive up to 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised care during this period.
Throughout this period, medical support such as access to GP clinics and hospitals have all remained open. Pathology services are also still open, however if you need to be tested for Covid-19 please note this needs to be done at a dedicated testing centre .
Whilst Allied health services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology etc) are all still considered essential services, many providers have selected to temporarily cease providing services or have modified the way in which they do so, such as through telehealth. If you are seeking an appointment with your allied health professional it is advisable to contact them to determine how they are providing services and what hygiene practices they have in place to reduce any risk of transmission.
For our most at risk members of the community there are also options for you to access your necessary medication without needing to visit the pharmacy in person. One such scheme is called the Home Medicine Service. You can find out more about it here