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UPDATE ON COMMUNITY SERVICES DURING COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS

With growing uncertainty and a feeling of unrest within our community in the wake of many government lead changes including social distancing measures, and the indefinite closures to community centres/gyms to combat the increasing rate of COVID-19 transmission in Australia, the provision of treatment and allied health services to address exisiting health requirements and the need to deliver accessible and essential healthcare for senior Australians remains the highest priority for the Flex Care Team.

Our objective since the commencement of COVID-19 crisis has been to continue to provide essential allied health services to ensure that our clients remain as safe and as healthy as possible as they isolate themselves in their homes throughout this turbulent period, reducing the risk of hospital admissions in order to maintain bed availability in anticipation of the significant influx of COVID-19 cases into our hospitals in the coming weeks.

With appropriate precautionary measures in place; full compliance with WHO protocol for infection control, and in possession of PPE in accordance with recommendations made by the Department of Health and the South Australian Government, our clients and their families can rest assured knowing that the safety of their loved one is at the forefront of our service delivery instilling confidence that we are maintaining infection control precautions whilst delivering the essential healthcare which they so desperately require.

Our clinical approach has been adapted from providing interventions to achieve reablement and wellness goals to providing prehabilitative treatments with a deliberate focus on building physical health (circulatory, respiratory, musculoskeletal) by implementation of individualised exercise programmes and improving mental wellbeing through social interaction and cognitive stimulation therapies. Numerous studies have shown that the benefits of developing functional capacities will assist our community clients withstand forthcoming stressors such as surgery and/or contraction of viral infections.

Prehabilitation is a multimodal approach encompassing physical exercise, cognitive stimulation, medical optimization, nutritional support, stress reduction and pain relief. The Flex Care allied health team are equipped with essential recourses and a sense of preparedness and urgency to continue to provide a high standard of prehabilitative modalities, including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Pharmacy, Speech Pathology and Dietetics throughout this period.

We are have the necessary resources to be able to provide our services in person or via a Telehealth compatible device to anyone who is currently experiencing difficulty maintaining an adequate level of health in the community. If you have any concerns regarding an elderly family member, please do not hesitate to contact Emerson Ciccarello 0402 265 635 (Community Manager/Senior Physiotherapist) or Jonathan Giannini 0448 575 905 (Senior Occupational Therapist) to discuss any of the aforementioned services.

Please be sure to abide by social distancing directives, group/gathering restrictions and hygiene maintenance measures.

Jonathan Giannini

Senior Occupational Therapist

Flex Care Pty. Ltd.



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