Hello NurseWatch Family, Community and New Clients,
Welcome to NurseWatch Healthcare. I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and in good health. Please take a couple of minutes to read our COVID-19 information announcement.
Our purpose at NurseWatch is to care for people and allow them to be their best. It is that simple, and it is the centre of everything we do. With the recent unsettling times, NurseWatch looks into the future and towards COVID-19 (coronavirus) management and recovery.
NurseWatch wants to help you experience the joy of our holistic health care with a stronger presence on safety and wellbeing. We have taken comprehensive measures to implement guidelines as directed by the Australian Government Department of Health Guidelines.
If you are a new client we respectfully request you to follow our 5 step process:
1. Download the COVid-19 App
The Australian Government has released an app to help in contact tracing people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases by utilising your smartphone’s Bluetooth capabilities to determine whether you have been in close physical contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19. COVIDSafe is completely voluntary.
2. Read and understand the Public Health Order, ‘What you Must Do Under New Coronavirus Rules’, dated 6 July 2020: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Documents/easy-read-pho-directions.pdf
3. If you feel unwell, please click on the symptom checker tool link below and follow the prompts:
4. The latest Australian Government Information: As socially responsible citizens, it is important that we keep abreast of the daily updates of each respective state. The link below provides current updates.
5. Referrals: All new clients require a referral from a registered medical practitioner being a general practitioner and/or medical specialist.
*Please note: Unfortunately, as of 18 December 2020 NurseWatch will not be accepting new clients from the Northern Beaches to Mosman Area, Sydney, due to the COVID-19 situation. We will regularly update our service capability as the situation improves.
NURSEWATCH HEALTHCARE RESOURCES
All resources supplied are available in different languages, however, are defaulted to English. Please follow prompts on website to preferred language
To assist you please refer to government links below:
• Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line Phone 1800 171 866 open 8.30 am - 6.00pm weekdays (AEST) free of charge. Supported by COTA, Dementia Australia, National Seniors Australia, OPAN and the Australian Government Department of Health https://www.facebook.com/opanaus/videos/704485933707079/
• General Information: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources
• Advice for people who are at greater risk: risk: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources
• Understanding COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtN-goy9VOY&feature=youtu.be
• Understanding the difference between a Pandemic, Epidemic-endemic and an Outbreak: https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2020/04/whats-the-difference-between-a-pandemic-an-epidemic-endemic-and-an-outbreak/
• WHO (World Health Organisation) Information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 & https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
For our existing clients, your Health Concierge Clinician has been in touch to discuss your personalised healthcare journey through COVID-19, with NurseWatch practice of policy and procedure recommendations guided by the Australian Government.
As each of our client’s healthcare journey is individual, please find below information and resources.
Throughout the COVID-19 recovery phase and beyond, NurseWatch will continue to provide and manage your individual care needs, safety and wellbeing. Your holistic healthcare will continue to be provided through our premium services and LiveitUp® Model of Care.
If you require further information regarding our COVID-19 approach, please refer to Beyond Blue website and ’10 Ways to Look After Yourself’. An excellent resource.
• Beyond Blue Telephone: 1800 512 348
NURSEWATCH HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY:
For our LGBTI Community:
Positive Life NSW – Getting practical about COVID-19 and HIV:https://www.positivelife.org.au/latest-news/covid19-resources.html
• Or phone (02) 9206 2000 or 1800 063 060 for confidential counselling
ACON/naphwa/ashm/afao: Making sense of COVID-19 – LGBTIQ and HIV communities:https://www.acon.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AFAO-NAPWHA-ASHM-Fact-Sheet-COVID-19-9-March-2020_ACON.pdf
For our Trans and gender diverse people:
TransHub – Australia’s first digital information/resource platform for trans and gender diverse people in NSW, their families, and health providers. Created by trans people, for trans people. This is their COVID-19 specific information: https://www.transhub.org.au/covid19
For our Cognitive Impairment Community:
Dementia Australia – Coronavirus – tips for people living with dementia: https://www.dementia.org.au/sites/default/files/helpsheets/DA_COVID19_Helpsheet_04_PLWD-v2.pdf
For our Community languages/CALD community:
Disability : Disability Information Helpline: 1800 643 787
Council for Intellectual Disability – Easy-read coronavirus information:https://cid.org.au/covid-19/
Australian Department of Health – information for family, carers and health workers supporting people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic:https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/advice-for-people-at-risk-of-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-disability
The Growing Space – COVID-19 hub: www.thegrowingspace.com.au/covid19/
For our Carers:
CarerHelp – COVID-19 information and resources for carers: factsheets and infographics with practical information, pointers, and resources. The resources discuss how to care for a person at home and hospital, as well as arranging funerals and managing grief. Pointers on using telehealth to consult with a health professional, and selecting trustworthy online information are also presented:https://www.carerhelp.com.au/tabid/6001/Default.aspx
For our Families:
Health Consumers NSW have developed a guide to support families when visiting their loved one.
Wear a mask if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others. Also wear a mask if you have symptoms and are seeking medical advice, or if you are in isolation in the same room as another person.
Video produced by the Australian Department of Health
Mask Wearing Fact Sheet:
Masks are increasingly being recommended within Australia as well as globally. In some areas they are now mandatory. But it is important to understand why many of us with trauma histories may be triggered when we are asked to wear a mask, or even when we see them. An excellent resource.
INFORMATION FOR SPECIFIC HEALTH CONDITIONS:
Cancer Council NSW – Cancer and COVID-19 hub:https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/get-support/covid-19/
Bowel Cancer Australia – COVID-19 & Bowel Cancer:https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/media-centre/covid-19-bowel-cancer
American Prostate Cancer Foundation: https://www.pcf.org/covid-19/
Kidney Health Australia – COVID-19 and dialysis, transplants etc:https://kidney.org.au/about-us/news/coronavirus-covid-19
COVID-19 Resources for Carers; Information for anyone caring for a person at end of life during COVID-19 pandemic – factsheets:https://www.carerhelp.com.au/tabid/6001/Default.aspx
Australian Heart Foundation – COVID-19 and heart disease, all you need to know:https://campaigns.heartfoundation.org.au/covid-19/
Australian Heart Research Institute – COVID-19 and heart health:www.hri.org.au/health/your-health/lifestyle/covid-19-and-heart-health
iCanQuit – COVID-19 and smoking FAQ:www.icanquit.com.au/reasons-to-quit/covid-19-and-tobacco-smoking-faq
IF YOU ARE THINKING OF REMOVING YOUR LOVED ONE FROM THEIR PRESENT HOME IN A RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE FACILITY
We are happy to assist. Although we highly recommend you listen to OPAN Older Person's Advocacy Network webinair before making your final decision in consultation with your loved one.
If you would like to review the slides, please click on the link below
We understand that COVID-19 has created uncertainty in aged care and that you may think it appropriate to take your loved one out of their aged care home. If you or someone you know needs assistance or is considering this, call OPAN on 1800 700 600.
NURSEWATCH HEALTHCARE CUSTOMER ENQUIRIES:
• NurseWatch Healthcare front, middle and back office staff are working in ways that support social distancing. https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing.pdf. Due to the change in our working environment, we respectfully request that you are patient with your inquiries. If there is an emergency, please phone 000.
• NurseWatch Healthcare staff are working in ways to keep ourselves, colleagues, community, and clients safe. Our staff are 100% compliant with ISO 9001:2016 regulatory requirements.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on +61448 885 201.
On behalf of our NurseWatch Healthcare family thank you for your support.
Kate Spurway, CEO
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Late last year, a very special group of the more experienced members of the Jewish community had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive dance workshop with the Australian Ballet in the same rehearsal room in the Sydney Opera House that the dancers from the ballet Sylvia practise in, thanks to the generosity of on demand wellness and care service, NurseWatch.
NurseWatch have always believed in the value of wellness and living it up at every stage of life and created a unique series of dance workshops in partnership with the Australian Ballet to share the many health benefits of ballet with our older generation, regardless of their fitness level.
From breathing like a principal dancer, to stretching to get their limbs moving in a chair and on the bar, to exercises designed to improve core stability and balance, to an inspiring finale dance accompanied by a pianist, the experience saw all participants beaming with delight and standing visibly taller after the workshop with their newly improved posture. After their ballet class, attendees were ushered to the Joan Sutherland Northern Foyer to enjoy a talk by Nicolette Fraillon, the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Australian Ballet on the music of dance. They were then treated to afternoon tea by NurseWatch at the Sydney Opera House.
One of the participants, Blossom Silver, made us all laugh when she said “even if I’m lousy, it’s worth listening to this piano” and then made us smile again when she got into the movement of dance and said “it just makes me want to do jazz” (her mother was a jazz musician). Like her friend, Eva Last, Ms Silver thought the day was “very unusual and very, very fascinating.” “I’ve always danced. My feet don’t like to sit still if there’s music. They just naturally move.”
As Holocaust Survivor and Westfield Local Hero, George Freund, who had already posted on Facebook before we’d even sat down for afternoon tea told us, “I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a pleasure to be here. I’m a ballet lover.” The music lecture “gave me an insight into ballet which I never knew. It was an interesting insight into the world of music and ballet.”
Julia Golding, the former COA Sydney CEO and now volunteer, said “I have never found a day which I would have spent in such great company and listening to these people and seeing this lovely ballet dancer teaching us, it was really nice.” “I learned from the ballet dancer, Jasmin, how…important is exercise. I felt how stiff I am, how my fingers are stiff and I started to move them during just sitting there. And then, I really enjoyed the talk with the conductor of Sylvia. It was really great learning because she didn’t speak only about Sylvia, she went back to the background of the music of Europe, of Offenbach, of opera stars, and all of us enjoyed it. I loved it. Thank you for having me there.” Julia has also been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the last 28 years. “I bought myself tickets to the Opera House rather than buy myself a pair of new shoes.”
Zelda Feigan, COA Life President and co-founder, said “I can’t believe that I’ve actually been down [to the Opera House] and seen so much.” Zelda thought the whole experience was “absolutely fabulous. I’m overwhelmed.”
COA member Miriam Shifreen concurred, “I’ve had such a fun day doing the exercises and going through all the back alleys…We got inside information into things we could never have done on our own”.
The COA Sydney cohort were accompanied by Sue Cassrels a younger member of the Jewish community, COA social worker Valentina Girshkin, and Rosa Roso, a friend of NurseWatch.
It was a chance meeting between Kate Spurway, founder of NurseWatch and Rachel Tanny, CEO of COA Sydney, when they were both exhibiting their health services at the recent Maccabi Health and Wellness Expo that resulted in members of COA Sydney being invited to attend their first dance workshop in the inner sanctum of the Sydney Opera House that is usually reserved for performers and special guests.
As Ms Girshkin said, “I saw the word ‘ballet’ on NurseWatch’s stand and I was drawn to the word like a magnet. The rest is history.” Ms Tanny adds, “With live music at COA at least twice a week, we have a particular affinity with dancing and its healing powers.”
Ms Girshkin noted, “COA Sydney is not an organisation, it’s a family… Walking through the corridors (of the Opera House) we bumped into more COA members. It’s a privilege to be able to give them something that they haven’t done before and to share it with them, it’s even more fun.”
“We all enjoyed ourselves, we had fun and relaxed. We all come from different age groups and everybody was actually doing (the exercises). They were just on the ball..and they had a marvellous time.”
“Life begins after 65 and I’m just looking forward to..a different level of commitment so that I can actually do more that I want to do, like these guys. As long as you are willing to do wonderful stuff, every morning brings new adventure and that’s when it’s fun. I’m happy that we bumped into each other. As the Jews, say it’s beshert, it’s providence, God’s will, that was one of those.”
Both NurseWatch and COA Sydney want our community to live their best possible life and enjoy good health for as long as possible, and the gift of dance is one of the most wonderful ways to achieve that.
As COA Sydney member Anna Krendel said when asked what she thought of the day, “it was a rejuvenation experience” and the only thing that was missing “was to have little tutus” and Ms Girshkin agreed. “Next time, we will bring in the tutus, that’s for sure.”
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Thank you to COA Sydney and Sue Cassrels for dancing with us.