Protecting our Residents from the Coronavirus
We sincerely thank families for your patience, understanding and support over the last number of months while we have worked through managing the COVID-19 situation. As we continue to safeguard our residents, we are happy to advise that we have now eased our visitor restrictions with a number of new visitor rules of entry in place.
The new rules provide visitation by 1 of 2 pre-registered visitors a day for 30 mins by appointment unless special circumstances apply (visiting a resident who is in end of life care). The purpose of this measure is to limit the exposure of our residents to potential carriers of the virus and to facilitate rapid tracing of individuals (a goal of Government).
These rules are broadly consistent with the Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes During COVID-19, however, we are primarily guided by:
(a) The Communicable Diseases Network Australia
(b) The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee
(c) The Commonwealth Department of Health
(d) NSW Health
(e) The NSW Government’s Public Health Orders
We remain steadfast in safeguarding against the coronavirus entering our villages and will continue to monitor the risks as we move into this new visitor access phase.
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Visiting Hours from the 1st June
Monday to Friday
10:00am to 4:00pm by appointment.
10:00am to 2:00pm by special arrangement with the Village Manager.
Closed to all visitors.
Rules of Entry
We continue to 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, they will be asked to complete a Social Leave Form so that staff can assess the level of risk the 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.
We continue to place the following activities on hold:
Many wonderful lifestyle programs and activities are in place to ensure residents remain engaged.
Frequently Asked Questions
Scalabrini has implemented a range of measures to minimise the risk of the virus entering our villages and to mitigate the risk of cross contamination.
- The Scalabrini Executive and Village Managers meet daily to discuss current and emerging issues, effectiveness of existing and planned controls, communication and likely future controls.
- The new visitor rules of entry in place to limit the number of people coming into the village and exposure of our residents to potential carriers of the virus and to facilitate rapid tracing of individuals (a goal of Government).
- Staff COVID-19 testing and self-isolation rules for 14 days if the staff member is feeling unwell or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.
- Every staff member is screened for ‘fitness to work’ before each shift.
- Ongoing staff education to emphasise the importance of social distancing both in the workplace and at home and to maintain good hand hygiene by regularly washing hands and/or applying hand sanitiser at all times.
- Enacting our infection management practices, such as self-isolating people at higher risk of exposure (new admissions, residents returning from hospital, residents experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms) and applying standard precautions to prevent transmission and minimise the risk of infection spreading. Infection Prevention & Control Measures.
- Ensuring outbreak management strategies and practices are well-understood and implemented in the event of an outbreak such as having appropriate staff and applying standard precautions to prevent transmission and minimise the risk of infection spread. Managing Outbreaks.
- Ensuring we have appropriate quantities of personal protective equipment to be used in the event of an outbreak, noting this is difficult with Government imposed supplier restrictions in place.
- Contractor management to ensure that their practices are aligned with Scalabrini’s infection management strategies.
- In alignment with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference national advice on the liturgical implications of Covid-19, we have suspended Church and funeral services at our villages until further notice and have placed restrictions consistent with the Conference advice on our pastoral care activities.
- Restrictions on group activities.
All staff are required to complete a detailed declaration prior to their shift. The declaration asks a range of questions relating to:
- COVID-19 symptoms;
- any other respiratory and flu symptoms;
- living arrangements;
- movements in the community, and
- possible exposure to a number of known coronavirus risk factors.
Depending on fitness for work, accesses restrictions are then enacted. Scalabrini also has the ability to act comprehensively to any false declarations through dismissal and potentially criminal charges.
Scalabrini does not mandate the use of medical masks as this may create a false sense of security, with neglect of other essential measures, such as hand hygiene practices and physical distancing, and may lead to touching the face under the masks and under the eyes.
Medical masks are reserved for staff to don in accordance with Scalabrini’s infection prevention and control guidelines when entering a room where a resident with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or influenza symptoms is being isolated.
As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, our visitor restrictions and other measures will continue to be reviewed regularly by our Exec and the Board of Directors, and we will continue to keep residents and family members updated on any changes.
COVID-19 Status at our Villages
Australian Government Resources
Scalabrini endorses the use of the Australian Government’s COVID Safe app and encourages families and staff to download it.
Find out how the Australian Government is monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. You can also keep an eye on the latest official medical advice and case numbers.
Download the “Coronavirus Australia” government app.
Join the Government Whatsapp Channel on your mobile device.
Resources in English
Resources in Italian
COVID -19 Myth Busters
COVID–19: Identifying the Symptoms
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