Aged Care Visitor Limits Ease Before the Festive Season Arrives
- Created on Tuesday, 15 December 2020 09:02
Warrigal welcomes the NSW revised public health order that makes visiting an age care home in NSW much easier from today.
Under the changes, more people will be able to visit their loved ones in an aged care home, with the two-visitor rule now removed.
The need for influenza vaccinations for people providing care and support visits at aged care homes has also been eased, but temperature screening, contact tracing and social distancing is still mandatory.
Warrigal is confident that relatives coming to visit will feel relieved that not only have their loved ones been kept safe during this global pandemic but that they can now enjoy social connection and time together during the festive season.
Whilst older people are still the most vulnerable Australians to the COVID-19 virus, and the pandemic is still raging out of control in many places in the world, there are very low rates of community transmissions in NSW which have led to the easing of restrictions, even for frail, older people.
The safety of Warrigal’s residents/customers, villagers and staff remain of utmost importance. Even with restrictions easing and borders opening up, Warrigal would like to reiterate that there is no room for complacency. More than 27,000 Australians have contracted the virus and more than 900 have died. The key to keeping safe in the months ahead is to keep practicing social distancing and ensuring testing takes place if any symptoms arise.
Warrigal CEO, Mark Sewell would like to thank everyone for doing the right thing on behalf of the community, which has led to one of the world’s safest places from COVID-19.
“I would like to thank all frontline workers especially our own frontline aged care staff for diligently working hard, day in and day out, 24/7 this year to keep so many older people safe.”
“On behalf of Warrigal, our thanks also go to grocery store workers, health and hospital workers and many other people who have delivered essential frontline services during this extraordinary year like no other.”
“We hope and pray that Christmas will be a joyous relief from a very difficult year and refresh us all for the ongoing “COVID19-normal” safety strategies that we will need to apply in 2021.”
Media Contact: Elsbeth Olalia, Community Relations | M+61 (4) 3665 5808