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The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020



The Centralian advocate Tue 5 May 2020


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT






Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs.; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


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News Corp Australia



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10 NEWS TUESDAY MAY 5 2020 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 ALICE'S ACTIVE SENIORS Help for isolated seniors NATIONAL SENIORS AUSTRALIA YOURE isolated and vulnerable due to COVID. What if theres an emergency or if youre alone and worried? Theyve been around for a while, but personal push-of-abutton emergency alerts are getting a boost to help older Australians keep safe and cope with COVID-19 self-isolation. These monitoring systems send an alert to a staffed centre or family member in an emergency and allow people to seek help even when they cant use a phone. The Federal Government said it was giving Commonwealth Home Support Programme service providers and recipients of home care packages more access to, and additional flexibility to fund monitoring services. This includes monitoring subscriptions for one year. Service providers will be able to choose from a range of monitoring and alert services available on the market, many of which have indicated an ability to expand their operations during the COVID-19 crisis. The Morrison Government also announced welfare checks for people who have suspended their home support packages and a $10 million funding injection for the Community Visitors Scheme for aged care. Older Australians, their families and carers can now call a dedicated free call service aimed at supporting the mental health of those impacted by the spread of COVID-19. This was established with input from National Seniors and the suggestions of members. The service is a listening ear and a friendly voice about what COVID-19 means for your circumstances. So, help is on hand if you need someone to talk to. Call 1800 171 866 and speak with a friendly person who is there to listen and help. Support to protect older Australians welcome THE aged care sector has welcomed the Federal Governments acknowledgment of the aged care workforce being on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 and the hard work they are doing, in difficult circumstances, to minimise risk of infection to older Australians. Leading Age Services Australia chief executive officer Sean Rooney said the development of the draft Visitor Access Code, announced on Friday, will further assist in the fight against the pandemic We have worked with other provider peaks and consumer groups to produce a draft VAC and will be inviting feedback from our Members, he said. We look forward to finalising the VAC to get the balance right in providing good quality, compassionate care alongside the appropriate protections for aged care residents. LASA also welcomes the announcement of a $205 million emergency funding package to support providers to continue the fight against COVID-19 on the front line. Already under financial pressure, nursing homes are spending millions of dollars on extra items like additional staffing, equipment, technology and cleaning to keep aged care residents and their dedicated workforce protected from COVID-19. The additional funding of $900 per occupied residential care bed in metropolitan regions and $1,350 per occupied bed in rural and remote areas is welcomed to cover some of those additional costs to protect the health of older Australians in care. We welcome this support for residential aged care as this will assist in covering the extra costs required in protecting the over 200,000 elderly Australians in our care from coronavirus, Mr Rooney said. This additional funding will help us to continue the fight. LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Leading Age Services Australia CEO Sean Rooney outside Parliament House, Canberra. Picture: GARY RAMAGE FEELING PECKISH? KATSU CHICKEN | $12.00 Our best-sel l ing Asian burger! Golden chicken f i l let on a bed of wasabi slaw topped with katsu sauce and served in a steamed bun JUMP INN IS NOW OPEN FOR TAKEAWAY & DELIVERY 7 DAYS A WEEK LUNCH 11AM - 2PM DINNER 5PM - 8:30PM ORDER ONLINE TODAY To see our ful l menu and to place your order onl ine visit www.baratjumpinalice.com JUMP INN CRAFT BEER BAR & RESTAURANT WWW.BARATJUMPINALICE.COM 0481 781 556 OPEN LUNCH & DINNER 7 DAYS HERE'S A TASTE... Gua Baos | $6.50 ea Select from our range of del icious gua baos including The Classic, Fr ied Chicken, Roasted Veggie, Aussie Breakfast not a pad thai | $18.00 Atwistontheclassic!St ir-fr ied prawns withr icest icknoodles, eggs&peanuts inourspecialsauce. OptionsofChicken,PrawnorTofu bento box | $15.00 Comes with one main dish, r ice and three side dishes. Pick from Braised Pork , Thai style fr ied chicken, Korean wings, Katsu Chicken or Tampura veggie Ji Pai Fan | $22.00 Golden chicken f i l let served with steamed bok choy, roasted sweet potato & minced pork braised with soy sauce on top of steamed r ice.