If you are in a known outbreak or ‘hotspot’ area, we encourage you to consider what supports are critical to your health and wellbeing and what supports are not critical right now. This may also mean considering how many support workers are needed to keep you safe and reduce the risk of physical injury.
You might like to see how your rostered supports can be staggered throughout the day, to minimise the number of people in the house while also meeting your support needs.
If you live in a shared environment, consider whether the same paid support workers could also assist the other people in your home, while still meeting your needs.
Consider which of your services and supports are non-essential and see whether these can be delivered by telepractice or other means, like email or phone.
You should reconsider all non-critical supports if you are in a known outbreak area in order to maintain physical distancing but consider what technology you can use to maintain social contact with friends, family, providers and the community.
For example, you may continue in-home support from a support worker for day-to-day activities like showering, but stop attending a social program in the community and chat to friends online instead.
Support workers need to comply with their employers’ Work and Health Safety obligations.