THE head of a south-west disability service provider is urging the community to pick up the phone and check in on each other.
Cooinda Terang CEO Janice Harris said the organisation had made the decision to close its popular enterprise The Little Acorn Cafe on Tuesday due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
"We're closing the doors, it's not worth competing with other businesses," she said.
Ms Harris said the crisis was stressful for the Cooinda workforce because of the uncertainty.
She said it had also been difficult to get face masks which were vital given some clients had immune systems which were already compromised.
"We've got a lot of vulnerable people," she said.
Ms Harris said day programs for clients in Camperdown and Terang had also closed on Tuesday.
She said support would be provided at home to those who needed it.
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Ms Harris said people living in accommodation services had been asked to stay home and staff who had been providing day programs had been redistributed to help client's at home.
"We need to keep supporting each other," she said.
"Pick up the phone because there are a lot of quite worried and anxious people out there."
South West carer and respite services network coordinator Wendy Jones said disability support providers were following advice from the Department of Health and the State Department of Health and Human Services regarding social distancing and good hygiene practices.
"This means that some face-to-face services or supports are not currently available for example group support meetings and larger gatherings like conferences," she said.
"Other direct supports are continuing.
"Providers are acutely aware of their responsibilities to both their staff and service users and will have communicated directly with all service users if services have changed.
"Providers are also considering how they can use technology to offer non face-to-face services where appropriate. Carers or care recipients should contact their provider if they have concerns or needs."
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