CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE
Tuesday 15.09.2020

 

Chaffey Aged Care is excited that the dedication and commitment to the Covid-19 restrictions by our community mean that from 11:59 pm on Wednesday 16th September regional Victoria moves to the Third Step of Premier Andrews roadmap to reopening. 

 

Chaffey is still under some additional restrictions by the Deputy Public Health Commander, which are in place until the 11th October, these directions primarily impact those able to visit within the facility. We continue to actively work to manage the risk of transmission of COVID 19 within our facility, and all our community needs to remain vigilant, Covid-19 still presents a genuine threat to our communities most vulnerable.

 

We acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for many people, and we will continue to support all of our residents and families as we find our way back to Covid-19 normal. These latest changes have many implications for our organisation, and we ask for everyone's patience as we adjust our systems and process to accommodate the relaxing of restrictions.

 

Admissions to the Facility​
  • From hospital: The hospital will advise us of your most recent Covid-19 test results, we will also undertake a risk assessment which will identify a level of risk of you having being exposed to Covid-19.  If your test result is negative and your risk assessment considered low, then you will be admitted to the facility without restrictions.

  • From the community: We will undertake a risk assessment with you, which will identify a level of risk of you having being exposed to Covid-19.  If your risk assessment considered low, then you will be admitted to the facility without restrictions.

  • Returning from hospital: The hospital will advise us of your Covid-19 test results, we will also undertake a risk assessment which will identify a level of risk of you having being exposed to Covid-19.  If your test result is negative and your risk assessment considered low, then you will be admitted to the facility without restrictions.

  • A support person is permitted to accompany a care recipient for settling into the facility for two hours.

  • If a risk assessment identifies a high risk of Covid-19 transmission, you will be required to self-isolate in your room for 14days once admitted.

Visiting Friends and Families
  • From Thursday 17th September 2020, Care recipients are permitted to attend outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people. We will require care recipients to inform us of those they meet with for the purposes of contact tracing.

  • Care recipients may attend relatives home, with one other nominated household.  We will be asking care recipients to inform us of the nominated household's information for the purposes of contract tracing. Relatives are reminded that household bubbles are reciprocal; if the care recipient nominates you as their household bubble, you are not then able to nominate other households to be your bubble.

  • Medical appointments can be attended with prior notification of where and when the appointment is occurring.

  • Care recipients will not be required to self-isolate on their return to the facility from social or medical outings whilst Mildura Rural City Council Area remains Covid-19 free.

  • We ask that care recipients return to the facility before 6 pm, whilst our screening team is available to welcome you home and collect your declaration form and contact tracing information.

Attending the Facility

Current Care Directions still limits the reasons the community should be visiting Chaffey Aged Care:

  • Employees and contractors engaged by Chaffey Aged Care, including persons engaged for the provision of goods and services, either on a voluntary or paid basis;

  • Persons providing health, medical or pharmaceutical services to a care recipient either on a voluntary or paid basis, such as general practitioners or allied health workers;

  • In exceptional circumstances a care recipient's family members, friends and others may visit to provide end of life support or where the restriction of entry would otherwise have a detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of the care recipient. Eligibility regarding this will in line with the current Care Directions from the Chief Health Officer.

  • Persons who attend the residential aged care facility for emergency management or law enforcement purposes;

  • Prospective residents of the residential aged care facility by appointment only.

Exclusions from the facility

Regardless of whether a person is included in the above categories, they will not be permitted to enter or remain upon the premises of Chaffey Aged Care if:

  • During the 14 days prior to the entry, the person arrived in Australia from a place outside Australia; or

  • During the 14 days prior to the entry, the person had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19; or

  • During the 14 days prior to the entry the person has been in a Stage Four Lockdown area or identified Hot Spot; or

  • The person has a temperature equal to or higher than 37.5 degrees or symptoms of acute respiratory infection; or

  • The person has been tested for Covid-19 and has not yet received their result; or

  • The person has not been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) but was required to self-isolate and have not been given clearance to leave their place of isolation. (e.g. isolation due to being identified as a close contact); or

  • The person is under the age of 16 years unless that person is visiting the facility for the purposes of end of life support for a care recipient.

Exceptional Circumstances

Chaffey will continue to work with individual families to enable visits where the care recipient is on a palliative pathway. The following restrictions have been put in place to meet the directions of the Deputy Public Health Commander:

 

1. For the purposed of providing essential care and support necessary for the care recipients immediate physical or social wellbeing where it can't be provided by staff or provided via electronic or other non-contact means:

  • One (1) person, at any one time for a maximum of two hours.  Families who hold more than one green card as requested to limit their attendance to one household per day.

2. Providing end of life support.

  • Two(2) persons allowed into the facility at one time.  There are no limits on how long they can stay for or how many visitors may attend, so long as only two persons are in the facility at a time.

Lifestyle Programs

Unfortunately, we are still holding off on extended members of our community visiting the facility including:

  • Group visits from schools and community groups will be discontinued

  • Group visits to external venues

  • Volunteers assisting at Chaffey Aged Care

  • Hairdressing services

 

Internal activities programs have been adapted to ensure social distancing and one on one contact and wellbeing checks have commenced. We acknowledge the importance during this difficult time for families to keep connected with our residents. 

Chaffey continues to provide a number of alternative ways to connect with care recipients including Facetime, Google Duo, Window visits, The Snail Mail Initiative.  We encourage the use of these methods of connecting with our care recipients.

 

If you have any questions about how to keep connected, please contact Chaffey reception during business hours and we can assist you with the available programs. 

A message from Darren, Chief Executive Officer

The health and wellbeing of all our care recipients and staff remain our top priority and we continue to appreciate the support our Chaffey community has given us over this difficult period.  It is going to require the participation in contract tracing initatives and each care recipient and their families adhering to the guidelines to continue to keep our much loved and cherished care recipients safe. #togetherwecan

Updated: 10.56pm 15.09.2020

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