Visitation Restrictions at Calvary Retirement Communities

While the rate of COVID-19 community transmission in Australia is stabilising, the situation continues to evolve.

Calvary Retirement Communities continues to assess and balance restrictions on general visitation to help loved ones stay connected while maintaining the safest possible environment for the vulnerable people in our care.

Restrictions on visitation are reviewed regularly. Pending any change to the COVID-19 situation, Calvary may need to reintroduce restrictions, with limited notice, to protect the safety of residents, family members, and staff.

 

Calvary Haydon Retirement Community


Effective the evening of 20 July 2021, ACT Health has updated the advice for residential aged care sites based on the increase in risk in South Australia.

What is does this mean for residents and families?

  • Visitors are not permitted to enter the home if they are from an identified area of geographical risk.

Areas of geographical risk are currently listed as:

    • State of South Australia (on or after 15 July)
    • All Greater Sydney LGAs, including Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Shellharbour and Wollongong – in the past 14 days
    • South East Queensland LGAs – in the past 14 days
    • Greater Metropolitan Melbourne (on or after 8 July)
    • State of Victoria (except greater Metro Melbourne) – in the past 14 days
    • All overseas countries (excluding New Zealand) – in the past 14 days
  • All staff and visitors within the facility must wear a surgical mask. Masks will be supplied for visitors if required.
  • Exceptions may apply for visitors of residents at end of life, or who may be experiencing distress, or where a care and support role is provided by a visitor. Please speak with the manager of your home to discuss arrangements.

Consistent with previous advice:

  • Visitors must not enter a Calvary home if they:
    • have been to any close or casual contact locations or interstate places of high concern;
    • have COVID-19 symptoms including fever of 37.5°C or higher;
    • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period;
    • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating; or are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  • Social/physical distancing of a single person per 2 square metres and 1.5 metres separation must be observed at all times.
  • Screening questions and temperature checks for all visitors and staff will continue. If a visitor is found to have an elevated temperature of 37.5°C or greater, entry will not be permitted.
  • Hand hygiene is important. Remember to please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the facility regularly.

We appreciate your understanding that these restrictions are in place for the protection of residents, their loved ones, our staff and the broader community. If you are unable to visit at this time, we encourage you to contact the facility to arrange a WebEx video call with your loved one.

    We appreciate your understanding that these restrictions are in place for the protection of residents, their loved ones, our staff and the broader community. If you are unable to visit at this time, we encourage you to contact the facility to arrange a WebEx video call with your loved one.

    We will continue to monitor ACT Health advice and keep you informed of any developments.

    For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please

    Please don’t hesitate to contact the Calvary Haydon Manager should you have any questions or would like to discuss the individual care needs of your loved one.

    Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation in this challenging time. By following the rules, you are helping us to keep everyone safe.

    Calvary Ryde Retirement Community

    The COVID-19 community transmission remains a concern within NSW particularly Greater Sydney. With the announcement 14 July 2021 of the extension of the NSW lockdown it is timely to remind residents and families of the restrictions and the ways you can stay in touch with your loved ones.

    What does this mean for residents and families?

    Effective immediately, and until further notice, the following new restrictions will apply:

    • Visitors are not permitted entry. Due to the heightened risk of infection and consistent with the latest government directives, general visitation has been suspended until further notice.
    • Special exceptions to visitation rules. Visitation exceptions may apply for residents at end of life, or who may be experiencing distress, or where a special care and support role is provided. Please speak with the manager of your home to discuss arrangements.
    • Resident social outings will not be permitted. All other outing requests will need to first be discussed with and approved by the Facility Manager. Each request will be risk assessed in line with the latest NSW Health guidelines. Excursions for necessary medical treatment will continue to be permitted as usual.
    • Calvary WebEx video call service is in place for residents to stay connected with family. We are aware that this decision may be unsettling for residents and families. We encourage families to contact the facility and book a time for WebEx video calls to minimise the effects of social isolation.
    • Window visits will be facilitated. Should you wish to arrange to see your family member we encourage you to contact the facility to book a time.
      Our staff will be wearing face masks. Consistent with the latest NSW Health advice, our staff and any visiting GP will be required to wear a surgical face mask at all times. Any visitor who is permitted entry as a special exception will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

    The situation in Sydney will continue to evolve. For the latest information on identified NSW Health COVID-19 case locations, please visit the NSW Government website.

    We will continue to monitor NSW Health advice, keep you informed of any changes, and ease restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact the manager of your home should you have any questions or would like to discuss the individual care needs of your loved one.

    Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation in this challenging time.

     

    Calvary NSW Retirement Communities – Hunter Manning Area:

    Cessnock, St Joseph’s, Cooinda, Mt Carmel, Muswellbrook, Nazareth, St Francis, St Martin de Porres, St Paul’s, Tanilba Shores, St Luke’s.


    NSW Health provide regular updates for residential aged care sites including restricted visitation from Local Government Areas (LGA’s) due the number of new COVID-19 exposure sites. 

    Anyone that has been close to or casual contact exposure location (or equivalent) in the LGAs mentioned should not visit or work at Calvary Hunter Manning Retirement Communities for 14 days after being in this location.

    • People who live in or have worked in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) in the last 14 days must not visit a Calvary home.
    • All staff and visitors within the facility must wear a surgical mask. Masks will be supplied for visitors if required
    • Only two (2) visitors will be permitted each day and visits must be undertaken in the resident’s room.
    • Exceptions may apply for visitors of residents at end of life, or who may be experiencing distress, or where a care and support role is provided by a visitor. Please speak with the manager of your home to discuss arrangements.

    Please note that all other restrictions on visitation are current and will remain in place until further notice:

    • Visitors must not enter a Calvary home if they:
      • have been to any NSW close or casual contact locations or interstate places of high concern –
      • https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx
      • have COVID-19 symptoms including fever of 37.5°C or higher;
      • are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their self-isolation period;
      • live in a household with a person who is currently self-isolating; or are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
    • Resident outings will be permitted, subject to Facility Manager approval. Each outing request will need to first be discussed with and approved by the Facility Manager. Functions and outings should not include people from Greater Sydney.
    • Visits must be strictly limited to the resident’s room. Social/physical distancing of a single person per 4 square metres and 1.5 metres separation must be observed at all times.
    • Screening and temperature checks. Screening questions and temperature checks for all visitors and staff will continue. If a visitor is found to have an elevated temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or greater, entry will not be permitted.
    • Hand hygiene is important. Remember to please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the facility regularly.
    • Season influenza vaccination is required for all persons over six (6) months prior to entry. Evidence will be required. If an exemption for this is required please speak with the manager.

        We will continue to monitor NSW Health advice and keep you informed of any developments. For the latest information on identified NSW Health COVID-19 case locations, please visit the NSW Government website.

        Please contact the Facility Manager if you have any questions.

        Thank you for following the rules and keeping us safe.

        Calvary Flora McDonald and St Catherine’s Retirement Communities

         

        As of 20 July 2021, SA Health announced an increase in restrictions for residential aged care facilities given the higher risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community.

        What does this mean for residents and families?

        Consistent with the latest SA Health advice, effective immediately, Calvary is implementing the following restrictions:

        • Visitors are currently not permitted entry. Due to the heightened risk of infection and consistent with the latest government directives, general visitation has been suspended until further notice.
        • Special exceptions to visitation rules. Visitation exceptions may apply for residents at end of life, or who may be experiencing distress, or where a care and support role is provided. Please speak with the manager of your home to discuss arrangements.
        • Resident social outings will not be permitted. Residents are only permitted to leave the home for medical reasons or essential health, dental or mental health services. Please speak with the manager regarding these appointments.
        • Calvary WebEx video call service is in place for residents to stay connected with family. We are aware that this decision may be unsettling for residents and families. We encourage families to contact the facility and book a time for WebEx video calls to minimise the effects of social isolation.
        • Our staff will be wearing face masks. Consistent with the latest SA Health advice, our staff will be required to wear a surgical face mask at all times. Any visitor who is permitted entry as a special exception will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

        We will continue to monitor SA Health advice and keep you informed of any developments.

        For the latest jurisdictional COVID-19 information, please visit SA Health website. 

        Please don’t hesitate to contact the manager of your home should you have any questions or would like to discuss the individual care needs of your loved one.

        Thank you for following the rules and keeping us safe.