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The head of the aged care royal commission has called for additional measures to help older people cope with coronavirus restrictions.

Chair Tony Pagone QC said the measures put in place to protect frail older people must also deal with the negative consequences of those restrictions.

“We have heard that an inability to receive visitors, or a lessening of time which visitors may attend to visit, can have impacts upon the supplementary care family visitors frequently provide for such basic things as feeding and toileting,” Mr Pagone said on Friday.

“The reduction of such visits from family needs to be supplemented by additional measures to ensure a healthy and quality life.”

Mr Pagone said there may need to be urgent steps to redeploy suitably qualified personnel to identify the increased needs caused by the coronavirus restrictions.

“It may also need specifically targeted redeployment of qualified personnel to supplement the care, support and wellbeing measures for our vulnerable frail community.”