Despite seniors being the most at risk group of being adversely affected by COVID-19, the NSW Government is failing to provide clear consistent advice specifically for seniors.
Today, Minister for Family and Community Services, Gareth Ward MP was unable to advise of steps being taken to address senior specific concerns in relation to this COVID-19 outbreak.
When questioned in Budget Estimates last week, Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee was unable to detail any steps his office had taken to ensure that seniors and aged care providers were well informed about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tragically over the weekend NSW Health has confirmed the third elderly aged care resident has died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll to five in NSW.
Other jurisdictions at home and around the world have been providing seniors specific material and directions to assist seniors and their loved ones.
Further compounding the concerns of seniors, recent drops in the share market have left many seniors with severely depleted super fund balances, resulting in many fearing that they will now be forced onto the pension. Many too are turning to already stretched community organisations for assistance.
Jo Haylen MP, Shadow Minister for Seniors said, “The Government must immediately take steps to provide clear consistent advice specifically for seniors, given their increased risk from Coronavirus.”
“Seniors in our community are understandably concerned and want clear consistent information now, so that we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”
“Evidence shows that aged care homes and other seniors facilities are a hotbed for the spread of coronavirus. With many elderly and sick residents living in close quarters, this government must act now to ensure residents and importantly those friends and family wanting to visit their loved ones have the information they need to keep everyone safe.”