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Information for employees, clients and friends on COVID-19 vaccine

121 Care operate a number of supported independent living (SIL) facilities through Guardien Group as well as supported living accommodations through Colville Lodge and Winston House. In addition, 121 Care provide support workers and support coordination services to a number of clients with disabilities, in their homes as well as allied health services through Suncoast Integrated Therapies. The majority of our clients have underlying health and/or medical issues that make them vulnerable to COVID-19, which requires us to ensure that we do everything possible to prevent entry of the virus into the homes and facilities that we work in, and operate. The cooperation of all staff and members of the public is very important in this regard. 

To assist in keeping information accessible and available to anyone who may have a family member or friend supported by us, we have provided information fact sheets and links below to help with any questions you may have with respect to COVID-19. The Government of Australia launched phase one (Phase 1b) of the five-phase COVID-19 vaccine rollout across Australia on 22 February. Phase 1b is expected to rollout on 24 March. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and voluntary for everyone. Understandably, people are cautious and concerned about how the vaccine will affect them and what side effects they may experience after receiving the vaccine. It is important that you ask as many questions as you are comfortable asking, so you have peace of mind. 

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To find out when it’s your turn, please use the COVID-19 Vaccine – Vaccine Eligibility Checker. Once you have completed answering the list of questions, you have the option of registering your interest to receive notification for your phase of the rollout if it isn’t in effect already. If you are already eligible in the current phase, you can make a booking immediately. By entering your postcode, a list of medical practitioners will be provided for you to select from to call and book an appointment.

The priority groups from the start of rollout are the elderly, people with disability, frontline health and border security workers, as well as First Nations people. Here is where you may be eligible:

Phase 1a – started 22 February 2021.

  • Person with a disability living in residential accommodation (with two or more people with disability).
  • A paid worker providing support to people living in residential accommodation with two or more people with disability.

Phase 1b – expected to rollout on 24 March 2021.

  • People with disability aged over 70 and over.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability.
  • People with disability with underlying medical conditions such as those who are immunocompromised, have multiple comorbidities,  chronic lung disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and/or, obesity.

Phase 2a – expected to rollout in May 2021. Date to be advised.

  • Adults aged 50 – 69 years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults.
  • Other critical high-risk workers.

Phase 2b – expected to roll out in mid-2021. Date to be advised.

  • Balance of the adult population
  • Any Australian unvaccinated in the previous phases

Phase 3 – date to be advised.

  • Australian aged under 16 years if recommended.

As the various phases continue to be rolled out, please continue to observe COVID-safe practices including the following:

 

Support workers for people with disabilities experiencing any of the side-effects of their vaccination can contact their local Public Health Unit or COVID_AEFI@health.qld.gov.au  

Quick links to additional resources

COVID-19 vaccination – Easy Read resources  Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines   COVID-19 vaccines – latest news   COVID-19 vaccines – latest news  NDIS COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out update   Therapeutic Goods Association – COVID-19 vaccines Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine national rollout strategy   COVID-19 Vaccine – Vaccine Eligibility Checker  COVID-19 vaccination – Monitoring and reporting side effects                                                

Our media

Special Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 2 (March 21)   The Wireless April – May 2021  Special Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 1 (February 2021)                                                   

NDIS resources

Latest advice from NDIS    COVID-19 information for participants                                                                                            

Clients seeking information on services can contact Jeanie on 0477 770 900 E: jmcdonnell@121care.org.au 

AccessEAP

Employees of 121 Care, Guardien Group, Winston House and Colville Lodge with email addresses linked to @121care, @colvillelodge, @guardien, @winstonhouse – can register for our Employee Assistance Programme with AccessEAP and book a counselling appointment or view the online resources available. 

Personal Tools for Managing your Personal Relationships during Covid-19     Personal Tools for Parenting your Children and Teenagers during Covid-19     Personal Tools for Supporting Parents during Covid-19    Self care for employees during the Covid-19 Pandemic    Self care for managers during the Covid-19 Pandemic     Working from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic – Employees     Working from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic – Managers

Employees seeking more information on AccessEAP or their employment can contact us on E: teamleaderhr@121care.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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121 Care’s approach gives people real choice of how much responsibility and control they want to take for their own care plan. I first became involved with 121 Care as a Committee member, but soon was so impressed with the model of listening and insistence on client input that I changed from my previous service provider to 121 Care.

Robert, a client since 2014

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2019-10-25T16:34:32+10:00

Robert, a client since 2014

121 Care’s approach gives people real choice of how much responsibility and control they want to take for their own care plan. I first became involved with 121 Care as a Committee member, but soon was so impressed with the model of listening and insistence on client input that I changed from my previous service provider to 121 Care.
The biggest benefits with 121 Care are choosing my own carers (I have a fantastic team); the flexibility to run my own roster and organise my shifts with my carers has been awesome. The office staff are very respectful and helpful when I need something. I never feel like I’m a number, but a person which matters to me a lot.

Casey, a client since 2013

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2019-10-25T16:40:12+10:00

Casey, a client since 2013

The biggest benefits with 121 Care are choosing my own carers (I have a fantastic team); the flexibility to run my own roster and organise my shifts with my carers has been awesome. The office staff are very respectful and helpful when I need something. I never feel like I’m a number, but a person which matters to me a lot.
What I’m grateful for most about getting my support through 121 Care is that I can stay in my own home. The staff members also help me to achieve my goals and offer paid training to our carers to become better workers.

Anne, a client since 1997

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2019-10-25T16:42:14+10:00

Anne, a client since 1997

What I’m grateful for most about getting my support through 121 Care is that I can stay in my own home. The staff members also help me to achieve my goals and offer paid training to our carers to become better workers.
I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.

David, a client since 1999

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2019-10-25T16:43:06+10:00

David, a client since 1999

I appreciated that 121 Care gave me control, rather than telling me what to do. The freedom to interview and choose my own workers is what I like most about my care, rather than being allocated workers without any consultation. It was made clear to me from the start that I would run my own care with my own workers.
Just to let you know that Fran, Jenny and myself are extremely happy with the support being given to Jenny at this time. Both workers are excellent!!!

David, parent of a client

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2020-02-28T10:37:45+10:00

David, parent of a client

Just to let you know that Fran, Jenny and myself are extremely happy with the support being given to Jenny at this time. Both workers are excellent!!!

Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life.


Sarah assisted a client with obtaining a volunteer dog groomer role which the client is enjoying tremendously.

Jo Priestly, Client Services Manager (retired 2019)

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2020-02-28T10:44:02+10:00

Jo Priestly, Client Services Manager (retired 2019)

Sarah (Skelton, Liaison Officer), you have gone about making a difference in a person's life. Sarah assisted a client with obtaining a volunteer dog groomer role which the client is enjoying tremendously.

Thanks for the hard work Jeanie (McDonnell, Client Service Manager). I'm sure it will improve service delivery.

SA, Senior Reportable Incidents Office, NDIS Commission

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2020-02-28T10:47:43+10:00

SA, Senior Reportable Incidents Office, NDIS Commission

Thanks for the hard work Jeanie (McDonnell, Client Service Manager). I'm sure it will improve service delivery.
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