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March 18, 2022 – RAT Testing requirement for all visitors to our Homes

We are seeing large daily increases in case numbers with the highly contagious BA.2 sub variant now circulating.

As we enter our third year of dealing with COVID-19, we have seen Delta, Omicron and Omicron BA.2 change the way we conduct our lives.

The recent outbreaks and lockdowns highlighted how difficult it was for our residents, relatives and staff to be isolated and unable to spend time with loved ones. We continue to Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) our staff prior to shifts every 72 hours and monitor our residents for any signs and symptoms of infection.

The Australian Government Department of Health recommends COVID-19 screening and surveillance testing for residents, visitors and staff prior to entering a residential aged care facility.

In an effort to keep everyone safe, commencing Wednesday 23 rd March 2022, we require all visitors to carry out a RAT Test with a negative result within 12 hours prior to visiting loved ones at our homes. You will be asked to complete a declaration when you register via the visitor kiosk stating that you have complied with this regulation.

We have implemented this process as an additional precaution to keep our residents and staff safe and reduce the risk of further outbreaks and lockdowns.

All visitors to our home are to continue with the following:

  • Check in via the visitor kiosk and meet all screening requirements.
  • Adhere to the limit of 2 visitors per resident per day, noting 2 children under 12 years can accompany the vaccinated person(s). Please continue to pre-book all visits.
  • Provide proof of full vaccination to visit (this requirement does not include children under 12), except when visiting for end-of-life care reasons.
  • Visitors must bring and wear a surgical mask. We highly recommend visitors wear a P2 or N95 mask for the resident and their own protection.
  • Visitors must not enter our homes at all if they:
    • have COVID-19 symptoms and people who have had high risk exposures should not enter high risk settings for at least 14 days since their exposure to a COVID-positive person or are awaiting for a COVID-19 test result.

The Directors of Consumer Care & Services and the clinical management team are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have and I encourage you to contact your facility directly for any questions about your loved ones.

As always, the safety and well-being of our residents remain our main focus. I would like to thank all the families, friend and visitors that have assisted and worked alongside the staff over the past two years as we navigated through these difficult times.

Bruce Thornthwaite
Chief Clinical Officer

Mandatory Staff COVID-19 Vaccinations

Christadelphian Aged Care fully supports the Government’s decision to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for residential aged care employees.  Commencing 17th September 2021, all of our employees must have had a minimum of at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  We have been supporting staff in ascertaining this vaccination with staff vaccinations at each of our homes. After this date, staff who remain unvaccinated will not be able to continue working in aged care.

Our residents’ social and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

The emotional, social, spiritual and physical well-being of our residents is of utmost importance to us. We are committed to continuing to provide emotional support and practical activities during lockdowns and outbreaks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Retirement Living

For many elderly people the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most challenging times in recent memory, but it’s during this crisis that the heart of our North Parramatta retirement village has shone the brightest.
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Useful resources

NSW Health
Queensland Health
Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN)
Meaningful Ageing