If you are isolating at home and are a vulnerable or older Australian with COVID-19, help is available.
There are many support services which can deliver medicines and groceries to your home. You can also access mental health support.
What you need to know
If you’re home alone, ask family, friends or neighbours to bring you essential supplies such as groceries and medicines.
The Australian Government’s temporary Home Medicines Service means medications on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) can be delivered to eligible people with COVID-19 at home, once a month. Your local pharmacy can explain how to use the service.
You can order groceries online. Most of the major supermarkets have upgraded their online delivery services to prioritise people in isolation.
Feelings of anxiety, distress and concern are normal. Keeping in touch with friends and family may help. Alternatively, speak to your GP about accessing free or low-cost mental health support.
The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information and support for older Australians, their families and carers. Call 1800 171 866, Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 6pm.
Use the COVID-19 Symptom and Antiviral Eligibility Checker to find out if you need to seek medical help.
Call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 at any time if you need advice.