Protecting our Residents from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
At Scalabrini we are taking the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously.
The virus is new, which means there is no immunity to it. The World Health Organisation has declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, and evidence suggests the risk is greater in older people, aged 70 and over.
The virus is spread from person to person through close contact with an infectious person before or after they start showing symptoms; contact with droplets from an infected person through coughing or sneezing; or touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets on them from an infected person and then touching your mouth or face.
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, we want to reassure you that we are implementing strict methods to prevent the virus entering our villages. Out of an abundance of caution, we ask that everyone within our villages and anyone visiting us abide by our rules.
In developing these rules and reviewing our practices daily, we are balancing the wellbeing of our residents. We know how important it is for residents to have family and friends visit. However, there may be a time in the future when we will need to lock-down one or more of our villages because of the evolution of the spread of the virus through the community; the visitor rules in place not providing adequate protection; or there is a lack of adherence to the visitor rules.
Of course, you will appreciate that no system is foolproof, and we are constantly reviewing our approach.
We very much appreciate the cooperation of residents, their families and our staff, and thank you for your community spirit and generosity of heart during these challenging times. With your help we can be more effective in minimising the risk of this infection entering our villages while maintaining a positive environment for all.
To ensure you are kept informed of any updates at Scalabrini, we will communicate to the primary contact via email. Our most up to date communications can also be found on this webpage.
Visitors to our Villages
While we understand how important it is for our residents to stay connected to family and friends, following the recommendations from the Department of Health, we have implemented the following controls.
We acknowledge that the measures outlined above will mean that you have less time with your family member or friend in our village. We encourage you to maintain contact with residents by phone and other social communication apps. We are currently implementing iPads across our villages as this will become a feature of communications between residents and families.
The most current social distancing measures announced by the Prime Minister are intended to prevent social gatherings, including gatherings at home. In the context of these new measures and the rapid rise in the spread of the virus, we strongly recommend that residents should not leave the village unless for the purposes of attending a necessary health appointment.
If a resident leaves the service for any reason, we strongly recommend that the principles described above are followed and you must ensure in any case that you follow the guidance rules announced by the Prime Minister.
You will be asked to complete a Social Leave Form so that staff can assess the level of risk your outing may create. In order to protect other residents and staff at the village, if the leave is requested for any activity other than a necessary health appointment, the resident will be confined to their room for 14 days after returning to the village.
It is also with regret that we have had to put some activities on hold:
Our staff with the guidance of our Village Managers and wellbeing team are implementing many alternate lifestyle programs and activities within the villages to ensure residents remain engaged and connected.
Other Measures in Place
Frequently Asked Questions
To date, no residents at Scalabrini have been diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19).
If there is a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosis, we will inform residents and families.
We will immediately execute the outbreak management processes and work with the local Public Health Unit in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures.
There is no advice that suggests residents need to move from their residential aged care home.
Our focus is on preventing infectious outbreaks in our villages and containing them if an infectious outbreak occurs.
The staff member will be required to self-isolate until medical clearance is received.
All residents and staff will be monitored closely and tested as required. We will involve the Public Health Unit.
We are not aware of any such instances.
The Department of Health is closely managing contact tracing where there is a positive diagnosis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and proactively contacting people who have been in contact with the diagnosed person.
We do and are in regular contact with our suppliers regarding our stock requirements.
We will provide regular updates to residents and the person listed as the Primary Contact by way of email. You can also find updates on this webpage.
We ask that the Primary Contact forward all communication to relevant family members and friends.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
Help Stop The Spread
Good Hygiene Starts Here
COVID–19: Identifying the Symptoms
Symptoms range from mild to severe
Shortness of Breath
Aches & Pains
Sometimes, especially for
Adapted from material produced by WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention