Since the country went into what we now know as ‘Level 4 lockdown’, the Age Concern Canterbury team has been working from home continuing to connect with and support older people.
With the country moving into Level 2 on Thursday 14th May we will be moving back into a more “normal” working environment.
Our office will reopen from Monday May 18th, but strict physical distancing will be required. Please do not visit us if you are unwell but please contact on the Age Concern phone number 03 366 0903 or 0800 803 344 for information, support, advocacy, elder abuse and health and welfare issues.
Home Support services (gardeners, cleaners, tradespeople) will return to normal from Thursday 14th May. We are asking our service providers to take all precautions to ensure physical distancing guidelines are adhered to. Both clients and service providers are asked to ensure they are not unwell before undertaking or engaging in any work.
We are working on plans to reintroduce the Visiting and Social Outings services and will update those involved as soon as possible.
For our Health Promotion activities, such as Steady As You Go (falls prevention) classes and our Staying Safer Driving courses, these will remain on hold, and will reviewed over the next few weeks.
We have also made the decision to cancel our 2020 Expo, which was to be held on September 28th.
Our May Keeping On newspaper will be on-line only.
These are unprecedented times and we are very aware of the issues facing older people, both at a risk of harm from COVID-19 and the risk of loneliness from a lack of social connection. We are following the expert guidance of the Ministry of Health, in evaluating how we respond.
If you do require support of any type Age Concern Canterbury is here to assist you, so please do not hesitate to call us.