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Covid 19 Updates and changes

Updated Wed 8 September

As you know, since midnight Tuesday 7 September, Wellington moved to Level 2 'Delta' restrictions.  

We are all pleased that the lockdown has been effective and hopefully this community outbreak will be controlled soon and we'll be back to our usual social activities and support.  

At Alert Level 2, there are no restrictions on who can be included in your household bubble, businesses can open and people can go to work while kids can go off to school. 

But it won't be the 'normal' Alert Level 2, as some of those settings have been changed in light of how much more transmissible the Delta variant is.  

For the detail on what this Alert Level means see https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-levels-and-updates/alert-level-2/ 

There is some additional Alert Level 2 advice for at- risk people: 

At Alert Level 2, at-risk people need to reduce contact with others. There is still some freedom to move around, but its important to follow public health measures. If you are an at-risk person, you will need to take extra precautions when doing this.

Things you can do to stay safe:

  • Only connect with small groups of close family, whānau, and friends — those in or close to your bubble.
  • Try not to interact with too many people outside of your own social circle as it could make contact tracing harder, if needed.
  • Keep a 2 metre distance from people you do not know in public places and take extra care with hygiene practices.
  • Wear a face covering where it is difficult to keep a 2 metre distance from people you do not know, for example in shops. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching surfaces.
  • Wipe keys, handrails, and regularly touched surfaces.
  • Avoid passing around your mobile phone to other people.

The Dementia Wellington team are making sure that we do not put our clients or our community contacts at any unnecessary risk and are therefore taking a cautionary approach to how we provide our services and support during Level 2 Delta. 

Therefore, all our face-to-face activities remain suspended.  This means that our face-to-face Supporter Groups,  Socialisation (Cog cafes etc ), Education Seminars and Living Well Groups are cancelled until further notice.  We will let you know when we are able to safely restart these face-to-face activities.

Many of you will now be more familiar joining online groups such as Zoom and some Dementia Advisors are offering these, please contact your Dementia Advisor if you would like more information. Please give your Dementia Advisor a call or email if you would like a chat or to talk through any issues or concerns that you might be facing during this lockdown period.  If you aren't already working with a Dementia Advisor, please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Covid-19 is changing our lives, and the Delta variant is much easier to transfer to others. Whether you are a person living with dementia or you are supporting a person with dementia, it is important to know what you can do to stay as safe as possible, and to look after your wellbeing.  We have put together practical information and tips to help you to remain safe and to help build resilience during lockdown and beyond, the link to our series of tips can be found on the page below.

Lockdown can be a tough time for all of us.  Please check out these links to our tips if you need some ideas to support the wellbeing of yourself or someone you care for with dementia over this tricky time.

Our tips for supporting a person with dementia through COVID-19

Dementia Wellington Tips One - Introduction

Dementia Wellington Tips Two - Keeping Occupied

Dementia Wellington Tips Three - Wellbeing

Dementia Wellington Tips Four - Staying Connected when Apart

Dementia Wellington Tips Five - Daughters supporting Mothers

Dementia Wellington Tips Six - Having Purpose

Other wellbeing resources: 

Government Covid 19 wellbeing resources 

Getting through together 

Our next 'Connect' newsletter is in production so keep an eye out for that in the next few weeks.  Email is a great way to keep in touch - please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like us to add your contact details to our database.

In the meantime, stay safe and please let us know if you need help.  Our thoughts are with all of our Dementia Wellington community, including you, during this challenging time. 

 

Anne Schumacher

Chief Executive

Dementia Wellington