Constitution Hill Aged Care
What this means for visits to Constitution Hill Aged Care for the Christmas and New Year period
Until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 December 2020, up to two visitors per day are permitted to visit residents at Constitution Hill Aged Care. No visitors are allowed from the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. All other visitors will be screened before entry, as has been the case throughout the year. NSW Health recommends that, if possible, visits should be delayed.
We understand the update may impact residents and loved ones during this period, and your plans for your Christmas celebrations. However, due to the escalating situation, it is important that steps are taken to comply with these health directives.
The safety of our residents and employees remains our top priority. Please be assured that we are reinforcing all our existing measures and protocols to protect residents and employees. All employees are wearing masks while at work and visitors to the home will also be provided with masks when they arrive
Visits and outings outside Constitution Hill Aged Care
Until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 December 2020, residents should not attend outings or excursions, unless the visit is essential (such as a medical appointment). If a resident makes a decision to attend a family gathering or excursion, it may be appropriate from a risk perspective that on return the resident is in isolation for 14 days.
What this means for visits to Sienna Grange Aged Care for the Christmas and New Year period
The updated direction means that until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 December 2020, up to two visitors per day are allowed to visit Sienna Grange from the Greater Sydney area, excluding residents from the Northern Beaches Local Government Area. There are no restrictions on people from regional NSW visiting residents.
All visitors will be screened before entry, including additional screening relating specifically to the Northern Beaches outbreak and locations of interest.
We understand the update may impact residents and loved ones during this period, and your plans for your Christmas celebrations. However, due to the escalating situation, it is important that steps are taken to comply with all NSW Health directives.
The safety of residents and employees remains our top priority. Please be assured that we are reinforcing all our existing measures and protocols to protect residents and employees in our aged care homes. All our employees are wearing masks while at work and visitors to the home will also be provided with masks when they arrive.
Visits and outings outside Sienna Grange
As Sienna Grange is outside Greater Sydney, residents are welcome to leave the home to attend family gatherings or group excursions as long as no persons at the event during the last 14 days have been:
- a close contact of a person confirmed with COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period
- in any of the locations listed on the ‘self-isolate and get tested immediately’ NSW Health website page, at the times and dates listed
- in any of the locations listed on the ‘monitor for symptoms’ page NSW Health website page at the times and dates listed, except where noted otherwise.
Residents who leave our home for a social visit and meet these requirements will not be required to self-isolate when they return.
For information on latest case locations go to: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#self-isolate-and-get-tested-immediately-if-youve-been-to-these-locations
Victorian Residential Aged Care Update
As we’re all getting ready to enjoy our COVIDSafe summer and planning for our Christmas holiday period, the recent outbreak in New South Wales is a reminder of how we need to stay vigilant when it comes to this virus.
As you’d be aware, due to an escalating Covid-19 outbreak in the Sydney suburb of Avalon, there have been ‘stay at home’ orders in place for those who live in the Northern Beaches local government area, and restrictions on movements for people living in the Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas. These restrictions have been updated today with some modest changes to home gathering limits over the Christmas period of 24th, 25th and 26th December.
The existing restrictions will remain in place, until further advice by the NSW government. For more information please visit the NSW Covid-19 website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19
What we are doing to keep you safe
We are continuing to take all necessary precautions to maintain the wellbeing of residents, their loved ones and our employees. We are monitoring the situation and will keep you updated with regular communications. Your health and safety remain our top priority.
Following the outbreak, Victoria has introduced a permit system for entry of all persons travelling from NSW (including returning Victorians). You can find more information on the DHHS website: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-border-crossing-permit#red-zone-and-hot-zone
In line with the Victorian Government guidelines, we have made some changes to our visitor screening process by screening for all visitors and employees who have been in the designated NSW areas since 11 December 2020. This additional measure means we can continue to keep residents and employees safe.
Planning for a safe holiday period
A number of practical guidelines remain in place, and we thank you in advance for your support with implementing these.
We acknowledge how important maintaining connection is to everyone's wellbeing and we are doing as much as possible to limit the disruption to usual routines for residents, whilst enhancing their level of protection.