Diversitat Aged Support Newsletter • Issue 4 | November 2020

Diversitat is committed to ensuring its services are inclusive and accessible to all eligible individuals.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders past and present of the Indigenous Nations on whose lands we work.

Message from Robyn Martinez

General Manager, Diversitat Aged Support

Dear Clients, Carers, Volunteers, Staff and Friends of Diversitat.

We hope you are well and safe at home. We know it isn’t easy for you and you remain foremost in our thoughts.

Some of the staff are busy at the centre and others are working from home. Some staff are doing a bit of both. It is important to keep some staff at home in case there is a case of COVID at the centre. (Horrible idea we know, so we are being super safe – we don’t want to be on the front page of the Geelong Addy about that!)

Please ring us if you need assistance or a chat or have ideas about what you would like to do (activities) or things you would like to see in the newsletter. We are truly just a phone call away. Call us on 52227275 – please leave a message and we will get back to you.

We had a busy day in the community garden recently and we have many plans for its use when you return to the centre – do you like the idea of a lovely morning tea out there?

Or we could make some pizzas in the pizza oven. It is a bit weedy now, but we aim to get it beautiful for your return and we are growing some lovely vegetables for the meal’s delivery program.

Please take some time to fill out the COVID journal for the Time Capsule. Do as much or as little as you want – just colour it in if that is all you feel like – we are happy with that – no pressure!

There have been many clients taking up computers and it is a great time to do it – we have some great help for you if you want to learn. Let us know – we can lend you a tablet or computer to get you started. Then we can see your beautiful smiles and hear you too.

That would make me very, very happy!

Sincerely,

Robyn


Diversity Theatre Project – Film documentary from Anastasia Mate-Kole

Drama classes are now LIVE!

On Friday 16th of October we conducted our first ever Zoom live drama class. Seven Diversity Theatre participants attended and we are expecting more clients to attend in the next couple of weeks.

Dave and Jane, the Diversity Theatre Project directors are planning to conduct drama classes on a weekly basis – every Friday at 12:00 p.m.

Our creative team together with Lucy – who is responsible for the music for the production – are working their magic, and again, working tirelessly to create something special.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Diversity Theatre participants for getting online and becoming efficient Zoom users!


Access and Support from Anne Riley

Diversitat’s Aged Access and Support Program  assists people with diverse Aged backgrounds who are finding it difficult to understand and navigate the in-home health care system, for example accessing My Aged Care. We have two new members to the Team  – Christine Edgar who is Full Time and Marion Gunnell – Part Time.

We work to build knowledge and better access necessary care and supports within the home.

At this very difficult time, there have been a lot of changes, including in-home care services and increased isolation.  If you or someone you know is vulnerable or needing help to access in-home services such as shopping, then Access and Support may be able to assist.

DHHS has highlighted the importance of testing for Coronavirus if any symptoms, not matter however mild.  Stay home and isolate from others.

The test is free or your usual GP cost if not bulk billing. You should bring at least one other form of identification – for example, your Medicare card.

Where to get tested? Phone before you visit.  Use TIS free interpreting: 131 450

  • Your local doctor (GP), or
  • Barwon Health North:  Drive through 9am-4pm 7 days, Clinic 155 Princes Highway, NORLANE Phone 4215 4445

Or other sites as on Barwon Health website.

Various coronavirus translated resources. 

SBS translated resources:

https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus

Department of Health and Human Resources:

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Health translations in various languages:

https://www.healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcht.nsf/PresentEnglishResource?Open&x=&s=Coronavirus

Anne Reilly – 0409 633 328

Christine Edgar – 0400 898 165

Marion Gunnell – 0436 330 411

Main Line Phone – 5222 7275


Wellbeing with Octavia Chabrier

There are several key components to wellness and regardless of our age these do not change but are interconnected and important for a healthy life.

Studies show that 70% of physical aging and 50% of mental aging is determined by the lifestyle choices we make every day.

When I reflected on these statistics it reinforced how important the role of regular calls to our Diversitat clients has been, because social engagement and a positive view of lives lived has a great effect on our wellbeing.

So many of you have been able to keep up some sort of activity or routine and found inventive ways to stay engaged with your family, friends and community – well done.

In essence, having a chat has helped your blood pressure, talking about your childhood happy days has helped with your cognition and walking to the mailbox each day has helped your social, physical, and emotional health.

As we are getting closer to Christmas and still unsure of how long restrictions may be in force for, we invite you to continue doing all the seemingly small things that don’t feel like much. Because they are actually doing you a whole lot more than you might have thought.

Stay in contact – laugh when you can – practice your spiritual beliefs – keep moving as much or as little as you like (it’s still beneficial) – do the crosswords or knitting – stay well and travel safely.

World Kindness Day 13 November

World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement.

The Little things are most worthwhile,

A quiet word, a look, a smile,

A listening ear that’s quick to share

Another’s thoughts, another’s care…

Though sometimes they may seem quite small,

These little things mean most of all.

Margaret Lindsey