Keeping older people well during a crisis

Keeping older people well during a crisis


Our ongoing advice for keeping older people safe is to practise basic hygiene.

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and warm, running water.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Keep your distance from others and avoid touching if you can.

Access to safe food

Some areas in Tasmania are experiencing limited access to food. Older people are at a higher risk of food insecurity during a crisis. It is a good idea to have some nourishing foods on hand for times when access to food is limited. That way, the makings of a good meal or snack is always stocked at home. See our Handy foods fact sheet for ideas on stocking pantries and freezers.

Mental Health

Older people are at a greater risk of social isolation as we begin social distancing. Their social groups may be cancelled and family members may choose not to visit older people as they are at a higher risk of infection. This can affect and older person's mental health.

It is important that we continue to check on older people living within the community. Offer support by:

  • Staying connected with telephone calls or notes regularly.
  • Keeping them up to date on key public health messages.
  • Delivering groceries or cooked meals to their homes.
  • Checking in to see if they need any essentials - for example medications.

For more information

The Tasmanian Public Health Hotline number is 1800 671 738 and further information, including useful fact sheets can be found on the Tasmanian Department of Health website

For general information about coronavirus, call the national 24-hour coronavirus information line on 1800 020 080 or visit the Australian Government Department of Health website