Home Based Care

Home Based Care

COVID-19 has been identified as a key issue for health and aged care. The Australian Government has adopted a whole of government emergency response which provides a framework for preparing for, responding to and managing COVID-19 in Australia.

Care for older people in the COVID-19 context will need to recognise that care may need to be provided for older people who are at end of life, those with specific palliative care needs and those who may acquire COVID-19. Older people and people with pre-existing conditions are at increased risk for serious complications with COVID-19 infection. Preventing infections is a critical part of providing care for all clients recieving home based care.

Variations in guidance between countries, states and health networks may occur. Please refer to local guidance where available and consider non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches as appropriate.




Getting more information:

Visit Department of Health

Visit the National Palliative Care projects including:

Advance Care Planning Australia CareSearch caring@home ELDAC


Some medications listed in these guides are not available or are administered differently in Australia. See palliAGEDgp App for Australian guidance regarding medicines and dosing.

Getting more information

You can call the National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

The phone number of each state or territory public health agency is available at www.health.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/local-state-and-territory-health-departments.

To find out about local restictions put in place as part of the response to COVID-19 visit the Health Direct Restriction Checker.

Visit the following websites

Page updated 16 December 2021