On Saturday 20 June, the SA Government released revised COVID-19 restrictions for the state’s Residential Aged Care facilities, which provide further allowances for residents and visitors.
The government’s updated Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities) Direction No 6, 2020 relaxes some restrictions regarding cross-border travel, visits by children and the ability for residents to leave a facility.
The changes came into effect across UnitingSA’s aged care homes on Wednesday 24 June 2020 and include:
- Residents may leave an aged care facility and return for any reason.
- Children under the age of 16 years are able to visit, provided that they have had their flu vaccination (babies under six months are exempt from vaccination).
- Visitors coming from the NT, WA, Tasmania or QLD are permitted to visit an aged care facility upon arrival in SA.
- Visitors coming from other states/territories are only permitted to visit within 14 days on agreed compassionate grounds (to be negotiated with the Director of Nursing).
Our updated visitor program also incorporates the following general guidelines:
- Visits must be pre-booked ahead of time by phoning your aged care home.
- Visits should occur during the hours of 10am and 4pm daily, and within the allocated two-hour timeframe.
- All visitors must undergo COVID-19 screening on entry, including a questionnaire, temperature check and provision of flu vaccination evidence and photo identification.
- Visits should occur in your loved one’s room or other specified indoor or outdoor area (if available).
- Visitors must practice hand hygiene upon entry and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres at all times.
- Residents are permitted a maximum of one visit, of up to two people, per day.
Additionally, anyone with flu-like symptoms or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter.
For more information about our visitor program, please refer to the Visitor Guidelines Fact Sheet.