Hardi Aged Care would like to extend our continuing thanks to our staff, relatives, friends and community for their support during these difficult times because of this and the measures we have put in place Hardi Aged Care continues to be COVID-19 free.
Updated Restricted Access to all Hardi Aged Care homes effective as of 31st August 2020
The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving day by day and we believe that the risks in the Sydney area are increasing with a number of locations deemed “hot spots” by NSW Health, resulting in an increase in community transmission. Our number one priority at Hardi is the safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff and we all need to remain vigilant to stop the spread of this virus.
Accordingly, in addition to the restrictions placed on entry to our facilities as set out by the Visitor Access Code (which we have previously detailed), NSW Health have advised us of the of the following additional restrictions placed on visitation to an aged care facility that have come into effect from the 28th August 2020. They are as follows:
- Until further notice: any visitors to any NSW residential aged care facility who have been in the following areas in the previous 14 days should be excluded from the facility:
- You can find a list of the local government areas (“LGA’s”) where the restrictions at this link Link to LGAs Please note that if you have visited one of the listed areas in the last 14 days you will not be able to visit one of our facilities;
- Until further notice: NSW residential aged care facilities located in the areas listed above should not allow any visitors. Please note that our facilities are located in the above listed LGA’s.
Accordingly, given that we have been instructed by NSW Health to take these steps, we have made the decision that we can only allow visitors to enter our facilities for exceptional circumstances which includes, visits to residents who become unwell or are requiring end of life care, and any compassionate exceptions. We request that you contact the Facility Manager and / or Assistant Facility Manager to arrange such visit.
Please note that if a visit to one of our facilities during this period is arranged, the COVID-19 protocols on entry to our facilities as set out below will continue to apply and must be followed at all times.
On entry to our facilities you will be required to complete your health check which will include having your temperature checked at the sign in station at the entry to each facility.
- if a visitor’s temperature is ≥37.5; OR
- if a visitor exhibits symptoms of an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat); OR
- if a visitor does do not have an up-to-date 2020 flu vaccination – evidence must be provided;
You will not meet the criteria for entry to a Hardi Aged Care facility and staff will ask you to leave the facility straight away. You will need to call your GP for further examination, and you will not be able to re-enter a facility without clearance from your GP in writing.
In addition, we will continue to require every visitor to wear a mask at all times while in one of our facilities. We will continue to provide a mask on entry to our facilities once you have completed the required health check to ensure that you meet the criteria for entry. We remind you to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing while in our facilities.
During these difficult times, our facility staff will be more than happy to arrange phone, video calls and other social communication apps, etc to make contact with the residents in between visits.
We will continue to monitor this evolving COVID-19 situation and note that NSW Health have advised us that this is a temporary requirement that will be reviewed in two weeks. Accordingly, should the circumstances require us to do so or if NSW Health and / or the Commonwealth Department of Health change any of their directives we will advise you immediately of any such changes and / or restrictions that we implement at one or more of our facilities.
We care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society and we must protect them from COVID-19, accordingly, we extend our continuing thanks to our relatives, friends and community for your support as we balance our duty to keep our residents and team safe from COVID-19 and support the wishes and preferences of all of those we care for.
Please see below previous Coronavirus Notifications.