Diversitat Aged Support has commenced new services to help clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A meal delivery service, weekly phone welfare checks, unaccompanied shopping trips and activity packs are among some of the new initiatives Diversitat are currently rolling out in order to support clients with the new challenges they now face.
Aged Support manager Robyn Martinez said that the current COVID-19 situation was adding more pressure on elderly citizens.
“Social distancing is adding to the already difficult situation many older people face – particularly those living alone or dependent on others for care and support. Many are socially isolated with limited contact to others.”
Ms. Martinez said phone welfare checks were vital in ensuring clients were receiving the social support they were accustomed to.
The distribution of a newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news and personalised activity packs were also helping to lift spirits and keep clients engaged.
Kata Gnjec from the Geelong active diverse seniors group at Diversitat said that she was delighted to receive the activity pack from a worker.
“I was very happy to see familiar photos of the group” she said.
A meal delivery service is also catering to the many clients that had previously enjoyed chef-made meals whilst attending groups at the centre – some up to five days a week.
Ms. Martinez said now that clients were unable to attend programs many were having to shop for and prepare every meal themselves which was becoming increasingly difficult both physically and financially.
“The meal delivery service is ensuring every one of our clients has access to nutritious, quality food,” she said.
For more information about Diversitat’s meal delivery service visit: https://diversitat.org.au/services/aged-support/diversitat-meal-delivery-service/