Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Australia and the known risk to elderly people, our aged care homes will be entering into a period of stringent access controls, effective from 10am, 23 March 2020.
This means, we will be:
- stopping all visitors to our homes, including family and friends;
- restricting staff movement both within and between our homes; and,
- postponing visits from non-essential external service providers.
Essential visits, such as those from general practitioners and dentists, will continue at this stage.
These access controls will be in place for an initial period of two weeks, after which time we will reassess the situation, taking into account the best available medical and public health advice.
The restrictions will be implemented in a blanket approach across our six aged care homes, however there will be some exceptional circumstances, such as end-of-life care, in which we will support families to visit.
These arrangements will need to be discussed directly with your site Director of Nursing and will only be permitted if there is no risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Our new access controls are a proactive and necessary step to help us protect the health and safety of your loved ones at an unprecedented time for our country.
They are also consistent with measures being implemented by other major providers of residential aged care both within our state and across the nation.
We are acutely aware of the impact these restrictions may have on residents and their loved ones, and we will work to support ongoing communication and contact in any way we can.