Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information for our community

Measures we’re taking

  • Our staff are skilled in infection control and the use of PPE if required.
  • Strict hygiene practices are used and all sites require visitor screening to be completed prior to entry.
  • All UnitingSA aged care homes have restricted visitor access to keep our residents and team safe.
  • All group programs have been cancelled in line with SA Health’s social distancing guidelines. 
  • All residential aged care staff undertake temperature checks at the beginning of their shift.

COVID-19 Care Campaign

Whether it’s someone who’s lost their job, struggling to keep a roof over their head or pay their bills and buy food, help us support those who need it most – not only now but in the aftermath of COVID-19.

We are seeking urgent monetary donations, of as little as $2, to purchase items of critical need, including vouchers for food, personal hygiene products, warm clothing and bedding.

If you are able to, please donate to our campaign today. With your support, we can help South Australians affected by COVID-19 get back on their feet and flourish.

Our response to COVID-19

Please see tailored information specific to different members of our UnitingSA community.

Aged care visitor restrictions

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign resources

The Federal Government has launched a national campaign to inform all Australians about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The campaign aims to reduce the risk to individuals and families by enabling them to make informed decisions and to take up health recommendations.

The following communication material provides more information and tips to help you be prepared.

Supporting your wellbeing

As the nation’s journey through COVID-19 continues and its far-reaching implications continue to unfold in our community, it’s normal for people to experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions.

If you notice a change in the way that you, or others around you, are thinking or feeling, there are things that you can do to maintain positive mental health:

  • Maintain your normal daily routine
  • Connect with family and friends and other supports in your community, using technology if needed
  • Look after yourself through exercise, regular nutritious meals and a good night’s sleep
  • Ensure you have some time out to relax and unwind and do activities that you enjoy
  • Talk with your doctor or a counsellor if needed

Free and confidential support is also available for UnitingSA staff through our Employee Assistance Program with Human Psychology on 1300 277 924, or with UnitingSA’s Minister Dr Les Underwood on 0438 927 224.

Telephone and online-based support

A number of other telephone and online-based support is also available:

  • Beyond Blue: Information and support for all Australians, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    P: 1300 224 636
  • Lifeline Australia: 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services for all Australians.
    P: 13 11 14
  • Regional Access Program (country areas): For people 15 years and over living or working in regional South Australia. available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
    P: 1300 032 186
  • Lived Experience Telephone Support Service (LETSS): A peer mental health support line available from 5:00pm to 11:30pm, 365 days a year.
    P: 1800 013 755
  • eheadspace: For young people aged 12 to 25 years and their family and friends.
    P: 1800 650 890
  • Mental Health Triage: For people experiencing significant mental health impacts or those who need more immediate support. available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    P: 13 14 65
  • Disability Information Helpline: For people with disability who need help because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Also available for their families, carers, support workers and services, too. Available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). Not available on national public holidays.
    P: 1800 643 787

Information and resources

Please find below further information and resources relating to the coronavirus:

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