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COVID-safe visits – 23 December, 2021

As Covid restrictions across Australia ease and we begin to live with Covid in the community, we remain very mindful of the impact of Covid on our residents and team.

Over the Christmas holiday season we want to ensure family and friends can visit as safely as possible. Cases are currently escalating in the community and people are once again travelling between regions.

That’s why we’re asking visitors for their support to help us to protect our residents and team.

Here’s what we’re doing to protect against Covid:

  • Our team in NSW, VIC and QLD are wearing a mask and protective eyewear while at work
  • We’re supporting our team members to have a booster vaccine as soon as they’re eligible
  • We’re hosting booster clinics for residents and team and many residents have already had their booster shot
  • We continue to follow all Covid-safe practices and procedures
  • Our Care Communities each have an up-to-date Covid outbreak plan in place
  • We are encouraging our team not to participate in large social gatherings outside of work and to be vigilant around being Covid-safe

What you can do to help:

The best way you can help us keep our residents and team safe is to follow these precautions:

  • If unsure of your exposure to Covid, undertake a PCR test within 48 hours before your visit and have evidence of a negative result before visiting
  • Wear a mask at all times while in our Care Community
  • We may require visitors to wear additional PPE depending on the local environment. If so, the PPE will be supplied on arrival.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene and social distancing at all times while in our Care Community (and outside of it)
  • If you have even the slightest respiratory symptoms do not visit, and do get tested

Covid vaccination:

Everyone aged 18 years and older may now receive a booster five months after receiving their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

The emergence of the Omicron variant is a timely reminder of the importance of booster shots in maintaining a high level of protection against the virus. We urge everyone to get their booster dose as soon as they’re eligible, to best protect yourself, your loved ones and the community from the ongoing transmission of Covid-19.

Connecting with residents:

If you’re unable to visit a loved one in our care, we’re happy to organise Zoom or Facetime calls with you. You can also send a letter and photos via our website for our team to print and deliver on the same day. Simply click on this link.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue to do all we can to protect all of those in our care, and especially through the Christmas season.