Updated advice regarding COVID-19

Vacenti would like to sincerely thank all residents, families and friends for your cooperation and understanding at this unprecedented time. Vacenti continues to take advice and direction from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Chief Medical Officer.

Qld Chief Health Officer – Aged Care Direction No 6

Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 16 Information as at Friday 26th June 2020

Visiting Hours

This Saturday (27st June) all Vacenti homes will be open for visits during normal hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm. Residents may have an unlimited number of visits in a day, but no more than 2 people at a time. There is no longer a 2 hour limit on visits.

Sunday and after-hour visits will continue to be by appointment only.

We respectfully ask visiting families to:

  • Not visit if you are feeling ill, have a temperature greater than 37.5C or visited a declared COVID 19 hotspot;
  • Keep your visit to the resident’s rooms or outdoor areas.
  • Visits cannot be undertaken in communal areas.
  • Follow the direction of staff.

Taking residents off site

Residents are now permitted to leave the facility for exercise, small family gatherings, accessing health care, attending a funeral or visiting another aged care facility. Both the Commonwealth and Qld Departments of Health now require us to undertake a proactive risk assessment on each outing before residents leave the site and on return.

What we need to know is:

  1. the location of the outing, but only to determine if it is in a known COVID hotspot;
  2. the type of venue you are going to;
  3. the size of the gathering;

and discuss any additional precautions that you may need to take.

We ask all residents and families to complete the Resident Leave Register at reception, both on exiting and return to assist us in our risk assessment and surveillance protocols. We ask you strongly consider your choices and exercise social distancing.

Sign In and Temperature Testing

During the week we finalised the installation of our temperature testing apparatus. This apparatus will assist both you and Vacenti, in highlighting if you are over 37.5C. We will continue to fine tune the testing equipment and also its integration with the sign in application.

Some families have raised concerns about the details being taken, including photographs, at sign in. Under our Privacy Policy access to this information is controlled by password available to only authorised personnel. No information is distributed to any third party providers, residents or families. Photos are a part of the program purchased and assist us to identify people in an emergency.

Children and Flu vaccination

Aged Care direction No. 6 still requires that, after 1 May 2020, a person must not enter a residential aged care facility if they do not have a 2020 vaccination against influenza, if the vaccination is available to the person.  This requirement also applies to children under 16 years of age. The Australian Immunisation Handbook excludes children under 6 months of age to be vaccinated, therefore children under 6 months are able to visit without vaccination against influenza.

Children with any signs of colds, flu, or runny nose will not be allowed entry.

This includes all resident’s family and friends. Extracts of that advice were:

“Specifically, the requirements set out that individuals must not enter or remain on the premises of a residential aged care facility if the person does not have an up-to-date (i.e. 2020) vaccination against influenza, if such a vaccination is available to the person.

Aged care providers are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not enter or remain on the premises if they do not meet the influenza vaccination (and other) requirements set out in the relevant state and territory directions. This applies to staff, visitors, health practitioners, volunteers and others.

Approved providers may need to seek appropriate evidence of immunisation status from individuals seeking to enter the service. Appropriate evidence may be a statement or record from a health practitioner; or an immunisation history statement available from Medicare online or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.”

The specific links relating to that advice are:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Restrictions on entry into and visitors to aged care facilities (16th April)

Qld Chief Health Officer public health directions – Aged Care Direction (21 March)

Our sighting of your Influenza Vaccination record will be logged in a database in an electronic sign-in register, thereby continuing to allow access. For those tech-savvy families, this process will also provide you with a QR Code which will fast-track the sign-in process. If there is no record in that database, then the sign-in system will not allow access. This requirement applies to all visitors, staff, contractors and service providers. 100% of Vacenti staff working in our homes on 1st May will be vaccinated. Please see our Admin staff personally with your record, or email them with a scanned copy of the Vaccination Certificate. We must see the actual record.

Email addresses are:

Home

Admin Email address
Portofino Hamilton Admin.PH@vacenti.com.au
Casa D’amore Admin.CD@vacenti.com.au
Marebello Admin.MB@vacenti.com.au
Lorocco Admin.LO@vacenti.com.au
Esida and Esida Lodge Admin.ES@vacenti.com.au

 

Admissions
Vacenti welcome new residents – both permanent and respite – subject to going through a review period and not having travelled internationally or had exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Please be aware that the situation is constantly evolving and we are refining our own plans on day to day basis as this advice changes. Vacenti can assure you that the health and safety of residents, families, visitors and staff is of utmost importance. If you have any concerns about the COVID-19 virus or any other matter, please contact your Facility Manager.

For further information refer to Vacenti Updates

Click here –  Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 16, 26th June, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 15, 19th June, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 14, 10th June, 2020

Click here  – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 13, 25th May, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 12, 9th May, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 11, 30th April, 2020

Click here –  Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 10, 27th April, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 –  Update no 9, 17th April, 2020

Click here– Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 –  Update no 8, 17th April, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 7, 31st March, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 6, 27th March, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 5, 24th March, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 4 , 18th March, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 3, 06th March, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 2, 02nd March, 2020

Click here – Vacenti Update on Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Update no 1, 17th February, 2020