The feedback we receive from aged care nurses about being under the spotlight with the aged care royal commission and the impact of COVID-19 has been stressful, anxiety-provoking, and traumatic. Several divisions of the Australian Government Department of Health have joined together to provide grief, trauma support and advice for the aged care sector, including aged care workers, residents and families.
Many people living, working, or caring for those in aged care may be suffering grief from the death of a loved one due to COVID-19 or from missing their visitors, their routines, and loss of important life events. People in and around aged care sector may also be experiencing trauma as a response to traumatic events, isolation, physical distancing, COVID-19 hotspot lockdowns, ongoing uncertainty, and visitor restrictions.
The Australian Government has funded mental health, grief, trauma, and education experts to produce online resources and training and support you either in-person or on the phone.
Please encourage people in your community who might need help to engage with the services and resources provided, knowing its ok to ask for help.