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Geelong COVID-19 Lockdown

Geelong COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated Vic Government has stated that from 11.59pm Sunday 19/09/21 for at least 1 week, Greater Geelong and surrounds will enter lockdown.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or care giving
  • Exercise outdoors for up to two hours, less than 5km from your home
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home
  • To get vaccinated

To protect vulnerable adults living in supported independent living houses, the government has asked people to protect them by limiting visits to the below:

  • For permitted purposes only, i.e. care or care giving or the provision of emergency health care
  • No more than two visitors per day
    We know this may be difficult for some, but please support us to keep people safe.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone.

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Hunter COVID-19 Lockdown

Hunter COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated NSW Government has stated that from 5pm on Thursday and run until 12.01am Friday 13 August the residents of, or people whose usual place of work or anyone who has been in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and Cessnock must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home within your local area only include:

  • One person per household shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs, including vaccination
  • Exercise outdoors within 10km of your home
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

During this time, the NSW government has stated there must be no visitors including social and family visits to your home, with one exception, one visitor to provide care or for compassionate reasons, such as people in a relationship who do not live together.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

 We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of New South Wales.

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Queensland COVID-19 Update

Queensland COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated, QLD Government has stated that from 4pm AEST Saturday 31 July 2021 to 4pm AEST Sunday 8 August 2021, areas in South East Queensland, will be subject to new restrictions. This includes use of face masks and limitations to travel within 10km of home in restricted areas listed below:

  • City of Brisbane
  • City of Gold Coast
  • City of Ipswich
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City
  • Moreton Bay Region
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Redland City
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare and vaccinations
  • attending essential work or school or childcare to enable this
  • assisting vulnerable persons
  • Exercise in your local area with your household or one other person
  • Obtaining a COVID-19 test or vaccination

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one. Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

 

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of Queensland.

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Looking after yourself through COVID lockdown

Looking after your physical and mental health through lockdown.

At Nextt, we understand that COVID lockdown can sometimes make us worried and anxious.

It is important that we look after our thoughts and feelings as well as our bodies.  Following are a few hints and tips on things we can do to stay well through lockdown.

Keep in touch with people

Try to make sure that you keep in touch with people – by talking to friends and family either on the phone or online. 

Lots of groups are meeting online or by phone, and you can ask your families or support workers to help you find out how to join in.   

Help other people

Helping other people can make both you and the other person feel better. Just sometimes even calling someone for a chat can be a big help. It can make the world of difference for them to know you are simply thinking about them.

Healthy things to do

Eat healthy foods

 

Drink lots of water

Exercise at home

Things to try to cut back on

Smoking

Drinking too much alcohol

Look after your feelings

If you feel anxious try to think about good things that make you happy. Talk about your worries to someone you trust. That could be your support worker or family and friends

Sometimes it’s good to talk to an expert.

If you are very worried and want to talk to someone in private, you can call: 

  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800 for young people 5-25 years
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
  • MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78 for men of any age
  • Beyond Blue – 1800 512 348

Think about your new routine

Do:
Make a plan of the things you want to do in the day.
Make sure you get enough sleep.
Don’t:
Look at your mobile or tablet or play video games just before you go to bed.
Drink too much coffee and tea.

Do things you enjoy

Think about things you enjoy that you can do at home. This could be reading, writing, playing games, doing crossword puzzles, jigsaws or drawing and painting.

Find time to relax

Yoga and breathing exercises can help. You can find games and puzzles you can use to relax, as well as breathing exercises that may help online. 

Enjoy nature

If you can, go outside to exercise once a day but remember to stay at least 1.5m away from other people. If you have a garden, try to spend time in it.  If you don’t have a garden, you might consider trying to grow a plant in your house or on your windowsill.

Don’t be worried by the news

Only look at the news once or twice a day.
Get the facts. Not all news you hear about coronavirus is true.
You can find information you can trust from the Department of Health
www.health.gov.au

Practical issues

Getting food and medicine
Think about how you can get the things you need.
Only go to the shops when you need to.
If you can, get food delivered.
Try to buy healthy food.
If you have support from other people, ask them to help you.

If you look after others

If you have children, it is important to have a plan about what you might do if you are unwell.
It’s important that your children have a routine and fun things to do too.

Remember to ask for help if you need it.
Talk to your family or usual
supporters or a social worker if you have one.

Look after your body

If you usually take medication, keep taking it.
Get advice from Nurse Oncall (Victoria), Health Direct (NSW/SA) or 13 Health (QLD) if you’re worried about being able to get your medication. Phone: 1800 022 222
They can help if you feel sick and can’t get to your GP too.

If you think you have coronavirus you should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital as you could pass it on to others. Get advice from the coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398.
If you are very ill you should call 000 for help.

If you have any further questions, you can call the office to talk to someone. Our phone number is 1300 369 568.

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Keeping you safe in lockdown

Keeping you safe in lockdown.

Nextt wants to help keep you and your support workers as safe as possible through the lockdown period.   Your supports are an essential service and we will keep supporting you in lockdown.  There are lots of things we are doing to help keep you safe. These are:    
  • By following the rules in your state around who can visit your home.
  • Teaching your support workers about infection control. That means things like washing their hands when they see you.
  • People in the office read the government rules every day and have a meeting about it in case there are any changes.
  • We make sure all the support workers know what they need to do to follow the rules.
  • We give the support workers masks and other things they may need like goggles and aprons and make sure they wear them when they need to.
  • Helping you get in touch with supports for your mental health or physical health.
  If you have any further questions, you can call the office to talk to someone. Our phone number is 1300 369 568.
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South Australia COVID-19 Update

South Australia COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated SA Government has stated that from 6.00pm Tuesday 20 July 2021 until at least 6.00pm on Friday 25 July 2021,

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Care and compassion grounds
  • Essential work – Level 5 list of essential workers (PDF, 113.3 KB)
  • Purchasing essential goods
  • Medical reasons including getting COVID tested or vaccinated.
  • Exercise with those in your household

To protect vulnerable adults living in supported independent living houses, the government has asked people to protect them by limiting visits to the below:

  • For permitted purposes only, i.e. care or care giving or the provision of emergency health care

We know this may be difficult for some, but please support us to keep people safe.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of South Australia.

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Victoria COVID-19 Update

Victoria COVID-19 Update.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all employees.

Due to the risk associated VIC Government has stated that from 11.59pm Thursday 15 July 2021 until at least 11.59pm on 11.59PM Tuesday 20 July 2021,

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or care giving
  • Exercise outdoors for up to two hours, less than 5km from your home
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home
  • To get vaccinated

To protect vulnerable adults living in supported independent living houses, the government has asked Victorians to protect them by limiting visits to the below:

  • For permitted purposes only, i.e. care or care giving or the provision of emergency health care
  • No more than two visitors per day

We know this may be difficult for some, but please support us to keep people safe.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of Victoria.

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Queensland COVID-19 Lockdown

Queensland COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated QLD Government has stated that from 6.00pm tonight until at least 6.00pm on Friday 2 July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work or anyone who has been in Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Redlands, Moreton, Somerset and Logan must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason. People returning from Townsville, Magnetic Island or Palm Island must also follow these directions.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • obtaining essential goods or services, including healthcare and vaccinations
  • attending essential work or childcare
  • assisting vulnerable persons
  • Exercise in your local area with your household or one other person

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in the state of Queensland.

Disability Information Helpline

1800 643 787

http://www.dss.gov.au/disabilityhelp

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UPDATED COVID-19 restrictions as of 26th June 2021

UPDATED COVID-19 restrictions

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential supports to all our clients and the
safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Restrictions in place
Due to the risk associated NSW Government has stated that from 6:00pm tonight Saturday 26th June until at least 11.59pm on Friday 9th July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work is in, Greater Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.


The reasons you may leave your home include:

  •  Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  •  Medical care or compassionate needs;
  •  Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  •  Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Please note there are restrictions on visitors to Supported Independent Living, Aged Care,
Hospitals, Prisons and other settings where vulnerable people may live or receive services.


This may impact on your work, so please ensure you are working in line with the restrictions in place.


Get Tested
We also ask you please if you have visited any of the hotspots at the times identified OR are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 to please follow health authority advice on testing and self isolation, notifying the office if this effects your ability to work.


Keeping You Safe

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. To support you we are taking the following steps

  • All staff have been provided with Infection Control Training
  • All staff in affected areas have been provided with an Essential Services Letter. Staff
    can screen shot this letter to provide as evidence if requested.
  • PPE – will be distributed via our Sydney and Toronto offices for the time period to all
    support workers. Staff will wear surgical masks when in the community, and when
    providing direct supports. If staff run out of PPE over the weekend, they can
    purchase this locally and be reimbursed.
  • All staff have been asked to carry Nextt ID
  • Supported Independent Living (SIL) – there are restrictions on who can enter SIL
    houses, further communication will be available to workers and clients working in
    these locations.

We hope that everyone is able to stay safe and well during this stressful time.

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Sydney COVID-19 Lockdown

Sydney COVID-19 Lockdown.

Nextt is committed to continuity of essential services support to all our clients and the safety and wellbeing of all support workers.

Due to the risk associated NSW Government has stated that from 11.59pm tonight until at least 11.59pm on Friday 2 July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work or anyone who has been in Woollahra, Waverly, Randwick, or City of Sydney Council must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The reasons you may leave your home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care or compassionate needs;
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.

Nextt will continue to provide services in line with this advice. All workers will be provided surgical masks and will wear them during the provision of support to you/your loved one.

Nextt have been working hard nationally to keep all clients we support safe and well at this time. This includes:

  • Infection Control Training
  • Daily National Briefings to stay on top of state and medical advice
  • Responsive communication to our workforce on their obligations to keep you safe
  • Provision of PPE to workers

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on

1300 369 568

We want to again thank all those who are in lockdown for this period. What you are doing is not just protecting you and your loved ones but everyone in Sydney.