As the current COVID-19 situation unfolds, the team at Mycare are working to ensure our users remain up to date with the latest information.
We understand that many people in the community are concerned or confused about how they should respond to the current COVID-19 situation. At Mycare we have received a range of calls and emails about the current situation. We’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked questions we are receiving below to try and support you to better understand COVID-19, the current situation, and what it means for you.
Going to work
Should I still be going to work?
Unless you are unwell or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is suspected to have it, then you may continue to provide support services. Support services are essential services, so may continue throughout levels 3 and 4.
If I need to self-isolate, what should I do?
Inform you client immediately. If your client still requires care, tell them to contact Mycare so we can help arrange short term cover for you. You can fill out an MSD form to receive a benefit supplement in the meantime.
COVID-19 levels and what they mean for us
What does level 2 mean for me?
Level 2 means reduce your nonessential contacts, do not attend mass gatherings, etc. You are still able to attend work or have support workers enter your home as they are considered an essential service.
What does level 3 mean for me?
Level 3 means reduce nonessential contacts, no mass gatherings, facilities closing, etc. Support workers are still able to attend work as they are an essential service. People receiving care can still have support workers entering their home as they are an essential service.
What does level 4 mean for me?
Level 4 means all nonessential businesses will close, and all nonessential contacts must be stopped. People are instructed to stay at home. As a support worker, you are still able to provide support in a person's home as you are an essential service to them, and they require support to live comfortably. As a client, you are still able to see your worker as you have already had contact with them and require their services.
How Mycare is supporting users
What advice is Mycare giving workers?
If you are still comfortable going into your client's home, and they still require your support, then we would encourage you to continue to work.
If you are not comfortable to continue working or have been told you will not be required over the lockdown period, please follow MSD guidelines on how to receive financial support.
What are Mycare doing to support users during this?
We are doing our best to supply users with the relevant information and tools to continue providing and receiving essential services. We are keeping up to date with all new information as it is released and providing users with relevant information to them. Regular updates are being provided on our Facebook page, and we are have a range of articles about COVID-19 in our info centre.
Community COVID-19 support
I want to help, what can I do?
If you are able to provide an essential service through Mycare we will take down your details, qualifications, and region. Should anyone require care in your community we will give them your information and contact you on their behalf.
I am a nurse, what can I do to help?
We will take down your details, qualifications and region. Should anyone require care in your community we will give them your information and contact you on their behalf. Should nursing staff be required by an organization who has contacted us for support, we will contact you regarding working with them.
I am available to work at short notice; can I help any clients?
If you are able to provide an essential service through Mycare we will take down your details, qualifications, and region. Should anyone require care in your community at short notice we will give them your information and contact you on their behalf.
Keep up to date
For up to date information about Mycare and the unfolding COVID-19 situation, have a look at our Facebook Page. Like our page to receive regular updates about Mycare and COVID-19, we will post regularly and keep you informed as the situation develops.
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here or on our Facebook page, please contact us at 0800 677 700 or email email@example.com . Our phone line will remain open throughout the Level 4 period, and we will do our best to respond to any questions or concerns you may have during this time.
For additional information about essential services, have a look at the official New Zealand Government website www.covid19.govt.nz.