Department of Health advice for Visitors to Residential Aged Care

February 16, 2023

COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Australian Government has accepted advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) that all adults who have not had a COVID-19 booster or a confirmed case in the past six months can now get another booster to give them additional protection against severe illness from COVID-19 regardless of the number of prior doses received. This particularly applies to:

  • All adults aged 65 years and over
  • Adults aged 18-64 years who have medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, or disability with significant or complex health needs.

 
The 2023 COVID-19 vaccine booster dose will open to those newly eligible from Monday, 20 February 2023.
The 2023 booster will increase residents’ protection from severe illness, hospitalisation, or death from COVID-19, especially over the winter period.
 
Boosters will be arranged on site for those that are eligible.
 
Use of Personal protective equipment (PPE)
The department of health advise that staff and visitors wear a face mask when indoors and in close contact with other people in a residential care home.
 
During an outbreak, extended provisions of PPE to all visitors will be increased. This includes gloves, gowns, eye protection and N95 face masks.
 
All visitors are to continue wearing a surgical face mask as advised by the home. Please do not move your mask to talk or lower your mask to your chin.
 
Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Kits
RAT kits will continue to be available to all staff and residents. All visitors will require a negative RAT before entry. Please arrive 15 minutes early to conduct the RAT, or alternatively you may conduct a RAT at home that day and show a member of our staff a date stamped photo of your RAT result.

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Care planning Consultations
As part of continuous improvement care plan consultation have been updated to 12 monthly and are scheduled to occur from October 2023 over a three month period. Staff will contact you at this time to arrange a meeting and care consultation.

In addition to this meeting ongoing assessments, care planning and resident of the day will remain ongoing to ensure care provided is client-centered and accordingly to each individuals needs. Consumers and families will continue to be consulted throughout these changes. 

Please note you are welcome to discuss your families care at any time. A meeting can be held with consumers and or their representatives at any time to discuss care needs or to request a change in assessments or care plans. Please find a link below on what to do if you have a concern, compliments, suggestions or complaints form.

Please do not hesitate to contact should you have any concerns or wish to discuss care needs at any time. Please contact the care manager or facility manager on drysdale@ochealth.com.au or phone 5251 1230.

Please do not hesitate to contact should you have any questions.

Kind Regards,
Management
Drysdale Grove Aged Care