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Connect, Inform and Support - Age Action's COVID-19 Emergency Response

Age Action has reconfigured its supports and services to ensure older people in Ireland are prioritised, protected, informed and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are here to help older people and those who support older people at home or in the community through our Connect, Inform, Support initiative.

 An Taoiseach  announced new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 or the Corona Virus on the evening of 19 October 2020h. According to the guidelines, those aged over 70 and the medically vulnerable are advised to continue to exercise personal judgement. It is recommended that they stay at home as much as possible, limit engagement to a very small network for short periods of time, while remaining physically distanced.

When taking exercise outdoors, it is important to maintain 2 metres distance from others and wash hands on returning home. It is recommended to shop during designated hours only, while wearing a face covering, and to avoid public transport.

Age Action's Connect, Inform and Support approach to COVID-19 is detailed here.

The Age Action Getting Started Keep In Touch (KIT) is a national learning initiative to help older people improve their digital literacy skills, so they are more connected, informed and supported particularly during periods of social distancing. The Getting Started KIT will also help people who have digital literacy skills to become Digital Champions – they can use the KIT to tutor someone who needs help. For more information call 01 475 6989 or click here.

HOME SAFE  is providing additional supports to older people, enabling them to transition quickly out of hospital into their own homes, ensuring that their home is safe while also supporting our hospitals to respond to the Covid-19 health crisis. We are also providing an emergency response for urgent repairs and other supports for older people in order to ensure people can remain safely in their own homes. 

How do I get in touch? Between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday access to the service by calling; Dublin 01 4756989 Galway 091 527831 Cork 021 206739

INFORMATION SERVICE There is a huge amount of information available about how to protect yourself from COVID-19, what supports are in place and how you might plan to manage through the pandemic. The information service is open from 9:30am-1:30pm and 2.30pm - 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Tel: (01) 475 6989  Email:helpline@ageaction.ie