Hearth COVID–19 Action
Plan – Update (1)
Welcome to the Hearth team action plan update. We continue to adapt and respond to the impact of the COVID-19 as it spreads through our community. The following updates from our plan may be of interest;
We are continuing
to deliver the essential service of disability support and are taking every
step to maintain the safety of our participants and support workers.
significant change this week has been the introduction of a stage two shutdown in
Victoria which has impacted significantly on community access for our
participants. We cover off the restrictions and full implications of this
action in section 4 of this update.
It is essential
that we all adapt to the new circumstances we find ourselves living in. To this
end one of our participants requested that we develop a sign for their front
door which altered people coming into their home that they had a unique
hygiene process that they required people visiting their home to follow.
We thought this
was a great idea, so we developed the sign below. We thought it was such a
great idea we are going to include one in our care packs. If you would
like a copy now download the PDF below.
Great news the 1800
surgical masks we ordered have arrived! We anticipate that the1,000
bottles of hand sanitiser will arrive within the next 3 weeks. We are also
trying to find a supply of nitrile or latex gloves with no luck yet.
distribute the masks, sanitiser and sign in a care pack to our
participant homes and support workers as soon as the hand sanitiser arrives.
If you urgently need some surgical masks please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will organise immediate delivery.
Hearth is continuing
to build a contingent workforce as a matter of urgency, increasing
recruitment of support workers to support the need to have back-up
supports matched across our participants.
Federal and State
Governments have announced several measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
These measures in Victoria include a shutdown of non-essential services (stage
two), however they do not constitute a lockdown like those seen in Europe, or a
stay-at-home order like those in place across the United States.
are continuing community access in line with the advice provided by both
Federal and State Governments. While it is advisable to stay at home,
participants and support workers may still go out for a walk, grab a takeaway
coffee/meal, enjoy a stroll/exercise at the park or do grocery shopping.
While out in the
community, support workers and participants, will continue to follow
social distancing advice by.
As well as
following good hygiene practices such as avoiding touching objects or surface
areas shared by the public (such as handrails and door knobs) and then touching
their mouth or face, covering coughs
and sneezes with elbows, washing hands often with soap and water and the
regular use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
The list of
non-essential businesses that participants and support workers may no
longer visit is as follows:
For full details please
refer to the Victorian Government “Guidance on non-essential closures due to
coronavirus” website page: https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirusresponse
One of the
obvious outcomes of COVID-19 is the need to spend more time at home. So, what
do you do with the extra time inside the home?
Website has several Apps listed in its resources section from “Book Creator” to
“Nature Sounds: Relax and Sleep” which may assist to create an activity plan
which helps manage the time inside the home.
If you find a
resource that you think is worth sharing please do not hesitate to share it
with us and we will load it onto our website.
Please email any
suggestions to email@example.com
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the NDIS has announced
some changes to NDIS plans and funding.
The changes that impact participants are:
For full details
please refer to the NDIS website “NDIS and disaster response”:
We have attached our updated fee schedules and cancellation policy below.
Justin Scanlon | Hearth Support Services