COVID-19 Information

Welcome to All Care Aged Care Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page. Here you will find information about the COVID-19 pandemic,

how we are responding to it, and what you need to do as a community member of the All Care Aged Care community.

 

Current Update: Wednesday 29th April 2020

COVID-19 is a growing global pandemic. Our Board, Executive and Management continue to closely monitor the situation,

including the latest updates from the Australian Government, industry groups and health experts. Our Executive Team is responding to the

emerging changes including developing a protocol for visitors to our home. To help stop COVID-19 from entering our home,we have limited

entry to the facility to essential visits only. However to enable residents and their loved ones to continue to meet we have constructed an outdoor

undercover area. Please contact us at reception from Tuesday 10am onwards to book in your next visit. To further help our residents stay in

contact with their loved ones, we have accelerated our roll-out of additional communication tools. 

 

It is important to note that ALL visitors to any Aged Care home after May 1st 2020 MUST provide written evidence of having had their flu vaccination for

this season.There are some exeptions to this requirement. Should you wih to discuss the matter further please speak to the Site Manager Bev.

Please note, residents should now only leave our Residential Care home to attend essential medical or dental appointments that cannot be

reasonably rescheduled or conducted via telehealth mechanisms. Any resident who chooses to leave our home for any other reason may not 

be permitted to re-enter the home as per the SA Government directive.


If you are aware of any essential medical or dental appointments that have been scheduled for a resident, please let us know as soon as practicable.

Please be assured that we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to review these temporary but critical arrangements.

As always, protecting our residents is our highest priority and we thank you for your understanding and support of the measures we are taking.

Our compassionate staff members are working together to ensure the best quality care is provided to residents.

If you are a family member or resident representative, we ask that any questions or concerns be communicated to our CEO Neil Pahuja on 0483 214 001.

Our staff members are also taking the following steps to ensure the health and safety of our residents;

  • Completing mandatory training on COVID-19 and infection prevention and control
  • Undergoing mandatory temperature checks prior to the commencement of each shift
  • Practicing social distancing where possible.
  • Delivering gift packs dropped off by families.
  • Cleaning of common areas multiple times a day. 
  • Facilitating as many phone calls for residents everyday as possible.
  • All staff are underggoing their flu vaccination to meet the deadline of 1st of May 2020. 


The entry doors to our home are now closed, and the following 5 steps are in effect for all visits;

 
Step 1 - If people are unwell in any way, they are not permitted to visit our home. This includes, but is not limited to, people with the
              following symptoms; fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, nasal congestion / runny nose, and unusual aches and pains.
 
Step 2 - If people have travelled overseas to any country in the past 14 days, they are not permitted to visit our homes.
 
Step 3 - If people have been in close contact with any person who is unwell, has travelled overseas in the past 14 days, or has a suspected
              or confirmed case of COVID-19, they are not permitted to enter our homes.
 
Step 4 - If the restrictions above do not apply, and the visit is essential, visitors can use the on-site intercom or the phone number provided
              at the main entrance to report to our staff for entry.
 
Step 5 - Prior to entry, everyone is required to wash their hands thoroughly or use the alcohol-based hand rub provided.
 
 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us keep our residents and community safe. We have also set up our additional mobile phones,

to help family members and friends communicate with our residents who don't have a phone of their own. Please ring reception

to organise a 30 minute call with your loved one. We are looking to obtain more ipads to be able to offer video based communication

as well. More information about this process will follow in the near future. 

 

Additionally, although we will maintain our high standards of care and services, we will be making some modifications to our home’s events and

activities. We understand that some activities will be missed by our residents; however we believe these steps are required at this time to lower the

risk of potential exposure or transmission.

 

Please be assured that we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and are planning for any further escalation, should it be required.

 

What is COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organization, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans,

several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory

Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is the most recently discovered coronavirus.

 

The World Health Organization advises that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing

special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with

underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

 

Our response

The All Care Aged Care Board, Executive and management team are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and are leading a range of planning and

preparedness activities including;

    • Reviewing and updating our Pandemic Prevention & Management Plan and Procedure
    • Redoubling of our standard hand-hygiene and infection control and prevention protocols
    • Rolling out training and updates to all staff, specific to COVID-19
    • Assessing and preparing for any disruption to supply of items such as food or medical consumables
    • Introducing new requirements and restrictions on staff returning from travel, and on visitors to our Residential Care home 

 

These activities are helping to ensure that our organisation is well prepared to respond to COVID-19, and minimise any impact it may have on our provision of

high-quality services to our clients and residents.

 

What people need to do

The Australian Government Department of Health has provided a range of advice to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Australian community, and help

protect vulnerable people.

 

The Department of Health advises that special restrictions apply to people who have recently travelled from a range of countries deemed to be higher risk, or

think they may have been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19. These people must isolate themselves in their home or accommodation, and must

not attend public spaces or visit aged care homes.

 

You can access the latest information on travel restrictions and other COVID-19 advice from the Department of Health.

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

 

We are asking all of our clients, residents and visitors to our facility to notify us if they meet any of the current travel restriction criteria, if they have been in contact

 with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and/or if they are being tested or treated for COVID-19, by calling 8321 0100.

 

 

The Department has also advised that practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

    • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
    • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • and if unwell, avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)

 

It is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory

illness—not COVID-19.

 

More information

 

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24

hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450If you have concerns about your health, please speak to a doctor. 

If you have any questions, or would like further information about All Care Aged Care’s response to the COVID-19 situation, please call our facility.