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

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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.

RE: NSW Aged Care Facilities – Easing of visitor restrictions from October 11, 2021


On Wednesday 29 September  the NSW Premier advised that visitor restrictions for NSW aged care facilities will be relaxed from Monday 11 October 2021.  For many of our residents and families who have not seen their loved ones face-to-face in over three months, this comes as very welcome news.

What does this mean for residents and families?

Formal guidelines are yet to be released from NSW Health, however as we move towards 11 October 2021 we wish to provide our NSW residents and their families with a brief update.

The two points that are clear from yesterday’s announcement are, that from Monday 11 October:

  • To enter the aged care facility, visitors must provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses).
  • Visitors will be limited to two per day for each resident and at this stage children under the age of 12 will not be permitted entry.

We expect to receive further information from NSW Health over the course of the next week. Calvary will adjust visitor restrictions in line with NSW Health and local LGA’s restrictions that may be in place.  

 

Calvary Ryde Retirement Community – current restrictions

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 And Upper Hunter Area – current restrictions

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

21 September 2021

With the recent changes in COVID-19 restrictions in some LGAs of NSW, we wish to provide you with an update on the current COVID-19 situation and impact across our NSW Retirement Communities. We would also like to reassure you of our ongoing commitment to providing the highest levels of care and support to your loved ones at this especially challenging time.

Unfortunately, it is likely that visitor restriction to residential aged care will remain in place until the current stay-at-home orders are lifted within each individual LGA. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond in line with the NSW Health directives.

What does this mean for residents and families?

We understand that restrictions on visitation have been difficult for many residents and their loved ones, so please do not hesitate to contact the manager of your home if you would like to discuss the individual care needs of your loved one, or have any questions or concerns.

To remain connected to your loved one we encourage you to use any of the following options:

  • 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 required. Please speak with the manager of your home to discuss arrangements.
  • 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.

We are committed to providing the highest standard of care to keep our residents safe:

  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination. We are pleased to advise that all rostered staff have received their first dose of the vaccine consistent with the NSW Health orders.

Calvary acknowledges the importance of COVID-19 vaccination for keeping our residents, staff and community safe. We would like to take this opportunity to strongly encourage all families and visitors to become vaccinated prior to visiting their loved ones. While non-vaccination will not preclude visitation, additional precautions (such as wearing masks and limited access) may be required.

As the situation evolves, NSW Health may advise changes to restrictions and we will adjust our restrictions accordingly. For the latest NSW Health COVID-19 updates, please visit: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx

For up-to-date information for all residents and family members, please visit Calvary’s COVID-19 updates site regularly at: www.calvarycoronavirusupdates.org.au.

Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.

Please contact the Facility Manager if you have any questions.

Thank you for following the rules and keeping us safe.

 

Calvary NSW Retirement Communities – Hunter And Upper Hunter Area

Calvary Muswellbrook and Cooinda Retirement Communities 

17 September 2021

The COVID-19 situation in regions within NSW continues to improve. Accordingly, NSW Health has advised that limitations on visitor numbers and duration of visits be eased, subject to remaining social distancing requirements. Consistent with this latest advice we will now align restrictions on visitation.

What does this mean for residents and families?

Calvary is pleased to introduce the following eased restrictions on visitation at Calvary Muswellbrook and Calvary Cooinda Retirement Communities from 17 September 2021:   

  • Any two designated (2) visitors may visit per day, but only one (1) single visitor at any one time –  Visits will be limited to resident rooms and visitors must comply with the social distancing requirements of 1.5 metres separation and one (1) person per two (2) square metres.
  • Visitors will be required to wear a surgical mask, Calvary will supply a suitable mask if required.
  • Visiting hours remain from 11am to 6pm each day until further notice.  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.
  • Visitors must be able to provide proof of their influenza vaccination when visiting the facility.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – We strongly encourage that visitors are vaccinated for COVID-19.

Visitors must not enter the facility at all if they:

  • have been in a stay at home area in the last 14 days prior to their visit, please note that this will include Cessnock and Maitland LGAs;
  • have COVID-19 symptoms – fever (37.5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19;
  • have been to any close or casual contact locations in NSW, interstate or New Zealand;
  • 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; and/or
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

We understand that restrictions on visitation have been difficult for many residents and their loved ones and are pleased to be able to ease restrictions in line with NSW Health advice.

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 NSW Retirement Communities – Hunter And Upper Hunter Area

Calvary St Paul’s Retirement Community

17 September 2021

The COVID-19 situation in regions within NSW continues to improve. Accordingly, NSW Health has advised that limitations on visitor numbers and duration of visits be eased, subject to remaining social distancing requirements. Consistent with this latest advice we will now align restrictions on visitation.

What does this mean for residents and families?

Calvary is pleased to introduce the following eased restrictions on visitation at Calvary St Pauls Retirement Community from today, 17 September 2021:   

  • Any two designated (2) visitors may visit per day, but only one (1) single visitor at any one time –  Visits will be limited to resident rooms and visitors must comply with the social distancing requirements of 1.5 metres separation and one (1) person per two (2) square metres.
  • Visitors will be required to wear a surgical mask, Calvary will supply a suitable mask if required.
  • Visiting hours remain from 11am to 6pm each day until further notice.  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.
  • Visitors must be able to provide proof of their influenza vaccination when visiting the facility.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – We strongly encourage that visitors are vaccinated for COVID-19.

Visitors must not enter the facility at all if they:

  • have been in a stay at home area in the last 14 days prior to their visit, please note that this will include Cessnock and Maitland LGAs;
  • have COVID-19 symptoms – fever (37.5°C or higher) or symptoms of COVID-19;
  • have been to any close or casual contact locations in NSW, interstate or New Zealand;
  • 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; and/or
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.

We understand that restrictions on visitation have been difficult for many residents and their loved ones and are pleased to be able to ease restrictions in line with NSW Health advice.

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

Effective 10 August 2021, the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 39) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced with Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 40) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

What does this mean for residents and families?

Consistent with the latest SA Health advice, effective immediately, the below changes have been made:

  • Visitation – As our homes have more than 70% of the residents with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is no limit of care and support visits per day. We thank you all for allowing this to happen by becoming vaccinated. It is, however, strongly encouraged to limit the number to a maximum of two (2) visitors at any one time to ensure social distancing with a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres.
  • Resident outings can resume. Please ensure that the outing assessment form is completed and submitted to the Facility Manager prior to the outing.
  • Staff and Visitors are required to wear a facemask at all times. Masks will be supplied for visitors if required.
  • Group Activities can commence with social distancing at all times and maximum of 1 resident per 2 square metres at all times.

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.
  • Hand hygiene is important. Remember to please use the hand sanitiser stations at the entrance and throughout the facility regularly.
  • Seasonal 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 the situation and SA Health advice and will ease restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.

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.