#COVID-19: STAR Community Services ramps up hygiene for elderly, vulnerable Redlanders

HYGIENE: Every STAR car is fitted with an automatic device that introduces antibacterial formula into the vehicle.
HYGIENE: Every STAR car is fitted with an automatic device that introduces antibacterial formula into the vehicle.

AUTOMATIC antibacterial dispensers are among the measures taken by STAR Community Services as they continue services for the elderly and vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company supports more than 8500 vulnerable disabled and elderly people in the Redlands with services like transport and in-home help.

Its latest measure to limit the spread of coronavirus saw every car fitted with an automatic device that introduces antibacterial formula into the vehicle to protect against airborne pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Drivers have also been provided with additional antibacterial wipes and hand sanitisers.

General manager Patsy Wilshire said STAR was taking a calm, calculated and planned approach to the unfolding coronavirus situation.

"We want to ensure that our clients, volunteers and staff are cared for and safe during this unprecedented time," she said.

"We have a Pandemic Response Management team led by an experienced emergency response manager. Their function is to co-ordinate our pandemic plan, putting necessary precautions in place to ensure against the spread of COVID-19.

"STAR is following the advice of the Chief Medical Office and the Department of Health."

Mrs Wilshire has thanked volunteers and staff for their commitment to clients and reminded vulnerable community members to reach out if they needed assistance.

STAR had postponed some client group activities but had started making phone calls to check up on clients.

"STAR staff and volunteers will give these clients regular contact and an opportunity to check on them to see if they need anything," Mrs Wilshire said.

"With some shops stopping home delivery services, STAR is stepping in to assist vital supplies get to clients in the community.

"Even with their need to be isolated right now, it is important that our elderly and vulnerable feel cared for.

"If you are over 65 years of age or have a disability and need support from STAR Community Services, please call 3821 6699."