Staff Updates Regarding COVID-19

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Amana Living is committed to supporting its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, and we have put in place a number of steps to safeguard your health and wellbeing.

This page is intended to provide general advice and useful links, which will be updated as information becomes available.   If you have any questions, please speak to your manager or email:COVID-19@amanaliving.com.au. This mailbox will be monitored and responses provided within one business day.

Employee support

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a large amount of change, with widespread concerns about public health. Naturally, employees may feel uncertain or anxious during these unprecedented times. We encourage staff to talk to their managers about their concerns but also to access the support options available.

Amana Living’s Employee Assistance Program.

Amana Living’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free, confidential and professional assistance to employees and their immediate family members on a wide range of work and non-work-related issues.
 
Our EAP options include accessing support through our external provider, Benestar, or through the Amana Living Chaplaincy team.  Further information and contact details can be found in this brochure.

Additionally, Benestar has put together a range of COVID-19 resources available for Amana Living staff, including:

  • Webinars: Health anxiety in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic; Unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion; Practical strategies for parents: supporting children in a coronavirus world

  • Articles: keeping fit while working from home

  • Factsheets: Addressing loneliness and building connection; Food to help boost your immunity during COVID-19; Quick healthy meals you can make from our pantry or freezer during COVID-19; Managing teams remotely; Health anxiety; Maintaining healthy habits while working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic; Supporting customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Playlist: working from home Spotify playlist

You can simply click on the Benestar website (https://benestar.com/) and the BeneHub Login - these details can be accessed by contacting JKey@amanaliving.com.au

Benestar services are available to staff and their close family members.  Benestar can be contacted on 1300 360 364.

Staff interactions with Benestar are strictly confidential.

Working from home

We have recently introduced working from home arrangements for office-based staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Working from home helps to reduce the risk of our staff being exposed to COVID-19, plus makes sure we can continue to deliver essential services.

The following resources will support you in working from home.

Where staff are working from home due to COVID-19 protection measures, they will be covered by Amana Living’s insurance policies.

Workforce and employment-related advice

To help managers answer employment related queries, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions specific to COVID-19.  These frequently asked questions are updated regularly to reflect the latest Government advice.

Please contact EPettit@amanaliving.com.au with any workforce related questions about COVID-19 .

Health and wellbeing

To support staff health and wellness, Amana Living has a wellness program based on six key subjects including: mental health, physical health, nutrition, smoking, alcohol, and financial health.

We also have policies in place to support staff in difficult circumstances, such as family and domestic violence, and financial distress. Please speak to your manager or contact EPettit@amanaliving.com.au.

For general health and wellbeing advice, the following links will be useful:

Mental Wellbeing

Benestar

WA Government - Think Mental Health

Lifeline

Suicide Callback Service

Kids Helpline

Griefline

Beyond Blue

1880 Respect

Smiling Minds

Nutrition

Benestar

My Health Balance

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating Program

LiveLighter (menus, eating plans)

Heart Foundation (food and nutrition guides, recipes)

Healthy Choices (dietary advice)

Physical Activity 

Benestar

LiveLighter activity programs

Be Active

Fitness Blender (a range of free YouTube exercise videos)

30 days of yoga with Adriene

Alcohol

 

Benestar

Alcohol and Drug support line

AA Australia 

Guidelines for Alcohol Consumption

Dry July

 

Smoking

Benestar

Quitline

My Quit Buddy app

Cancer Council WA fresh start course

Finance

Benestar 

Anglicare WA financial counselling 

Maxxia factsheets

Financial assistance

There is a range of financial assistance options available to Amana Living employees during COVID-19. 

These include:

  • A retention bonus for frontline care workers. Please see this announcement from Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians.   
  • Household assistance available from the WA State Government. 
  • A support package for businesses impacted by COVID-19 with details available via Business.gov.au.
  • Child care will be made available for free for parents who continue working during the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on 2 April. Priority will be given to children of essential workers including aged care, pre-existing enrolments, and vulnerable and disadvantaged children in particular need of early education.

Government guidelines

The following links provide access to the most up to date guidance from the Federal and WA Departments of Health regarding COVID-19.

Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Health care and Residential Care Workers

Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide for Home Care Providers

Department of Health Restrictions on entry into and visitors to aged care facilities

Department of Health WA COVID-19 Daily Updates

 

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