Covid-19 update from CEO, Joy Leggo – 26 November 2020
Dear family and friends,
I am aware that many of you have been waiting for this communication regarding our COVID plan, in line with the Government’s further easing of restrictions and zero cases of COVID throughout Victoria.
We were waiting for Care Facilities Directions to be released by the Victorian Government’s Chief Health Officer and also the industry code for visiting residential aged care homes from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, Federal Department of Health before we finalised our plan.
Commencing Monday 30 November you will be able to visit Residents between the hours of 9.30 am and 12 noon and 1.00 pm & 5.00 pm seven days a week, with no restriction on the number of visitors (we would prefer if it was only 2 at a time if possible), times you visit or the time you stay for each visit. You will still need to be registered and go through screening at the gate before entering. As soon as you enter the Piazza we request that you wear a mask for the duration of your visit.
Requests for visits outside of these hours must be made by contacting the Registered Nurse in Charge by phone before you visit. Please do not arrive at the gate and expect to be allowed in. Visitors who are not registered must bring evidence of their flu vaccination before they will be allowed to enter.
The Pod will remain operational for those people who have not had their flu vaccination and bookings must be made through Heather on 52796800. There will be no House specific days for these appointments.
You are also allowed to take Residents out for a drive or to visit family & friends. Details will be taken as you leave the facility for the purpose of contact tracing if required. We request that you adhere to the roadmap issued by the Victorian Government for external social visits.
Quarantining of goods is no longer necessary from Monday 30 November.
We will be moving to the Government’s tiered escalation model of responding to a COVID situation from now on.
Tier 1 No community transmissions – few restrictions apart from screening and wearing of masks.
Tier 2 Visiting restrictions re-introduced to the level they are now when we have been identified as being in a defined hotspot. Definition of a defined hotspot – rolling 3 day average of 3 locally acquired cases per day. This equates to 9 cases over 3 days.
Tier 3 Significant community transmissions – we would revert back to pod and exceptional visits only.
We should all be mindful that things can change rapidly and we will act swiftly in moving from Tier to Tier if the data indicates the need to do so.
Internally as an organisation we are going to continue with our staff cohorting in Houses and minimising movement around the facility for the foreseeable future. Staff at this time must continue to wear face shields and a mask.
We ask that during your visits you stay within the Resident’s Room, House and/or Piazza. You will need to be mindful of the number of people in a public open space within your House. Visitors may access the walking track via the Piazza gate. Collectively we all need to take responsibility for ensuring social distancing guidelines are maintained (1.5m).
Directives from both the Federal & State Government state we are still required to see evidence of visitors having had their flu vaccination.
If we continue on the current path of zero cases, the next COVID communication from me will be on Thursday 10 December.
Should anything change, COVID communications will resume immediately.
Turning our attention to Christmas:
Residents. family and friends are warmly invited to celebrate Christmas at MACS. Click here for invitation and details. Each Resident will be hosting an individual party for 3 family members. You will need to book a date and time that suits you and as we have done in the past, will leave it up to you as family members in consultation with your loved one as to who will attend. As the invitation states, Heather will be taking these party bookings. So, if you want a particular day or time I suggest you call or email as soon as possible.
Take care everyone and please continue to wash those hands x 2, keep on social distancing and make sure you wear your mask!!
Chief Executive Officer
26 November 2020