Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Grief and bereavement
Many senior Australians may be experiencing grief, loss or bereavement because of COVID-19 impacts.
It’s ok to seek help, grief, loss and bereavement support services are available. Connect and call 1800 222 200 for phone counselling, visit www.aged.grief.org.au for resources or to find a bereavement practitioner. Download the ‘My Grief’ app for advice on supporting a loved one.
Dementia Support Australia
Dementia behaviour support
Aged care residents living with dementia may have changed behaviours because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Specialised engagement consultants, clinical support, plans and strategies, advice and information services are available 24 hours a day across Australia.
Need help managing changed behaviours? Call 1800 699 799 or visit www.dementia.com.au.
Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)
Advice and advocacy
OPAN is independent of the government and aged care providers. The network provides free and confidential aged care advocacy, COVID-19 advice and referral services. Connect on 1800 700 600 or visit www.opan.com.au for free and confidential advocacy and advice
COVID-19 may have exposed old or new emotional trauma. While some people recover, others may develop mental health problems and need help.
Phoenix Australia offers information and tools to support those affected by traumatic experiences, and for those who care for them. Resources include information on trauma and grief for older people, their families and carers. Fact sheets, webinars and training is also available for the aged care workforce and managers.
Need help? Seek it: www.phoenixaustralia.org/aged-care