The COVID@home program will provide care for COVID-positive people within their homes. The program will be available to people who have tested positive to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or present with mild symptoms of the illness.
The COVID@home model is being developed with key stakeholders and further information will be provided as it becomes available.
Home as the preferred care setting of COVID-19
Due to the higher vaccination rates, people who test positive for COVID-19 are most likely to only experience mild symptoms and recover. This means people can be safely treated in their home without requiring hospitalisation.
COVID@home will provide the appropriate care within the home and keep people safe when they are COVID positive.
The COVID@home program will be available to all Tasmanians who meet the assessment under the program. The program will be available state-wide, including in regional and rural areas of Tasmania.
COVID-positive people will initially be assessed by Department of Health clinicians. Engagement will also occur with any existing care providers such as general practitioners (GPs) to ensure the most suitable environment and support level is provided.
Under the COVID@home program, monitoring of health and wellbeing needs will occur with a team of Health Care Professionals. Health Care Professionals will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide support.
Some patients will be provided with smart devices, including a home pulse and oxygen monitor, to provide an additional level of care within the home.
If a person’s situation changes or their condition worsens, a clinician will be available to determine the additional support required.
Support at home
There will be a range of community care support available for you at home. Individuals enrolled in the COVID@home program will be supported through previously established programs in place for individuals in isolation or quarantine.
Collaboration with GPs and other community partners is a key component of the COVID@home program. Additional support will be available from this sector under the COVID@home program.
For additional information on looking after your mental health while in isolation or quarantine, refer to the looking after your mental health webpage.