St John’s Lockdown Ends

7th June 2022 – We are pleased to announce that the lockdown at St John’s has now ended and visits to the facility are able to resume as of today.

This decision has been made following directives from Public Health, as there are no further instances of staff or residents testing positive.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility during this lockdown as we worked to mitigate the spread of the virus.

As visitations to St John’s have reopened, we ask that you take the following precautions prior to planning your next visit to keep residents and staff safe:

  • Do not visit St John’s if you are a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case, feeling unwell or have even the slightest of symptoms.
  • All visitors must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination upon entry.
  • All visitors must provide a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) preferably completed onsite.
  • All visitors are required to wear a surgical mask and visor onsite at all times.

To keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information you can visit here.

Alcheringa Lockdown Ends

7th June 2022 – We are pleased to announce that the lockdown at Alcheringa has now ended and visits to the facility are able to resume as of today.

This decision has been made following directives from Public Health, as there are no further instances of staff or residents testing positive.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility during this lockdown as we worked to mitigate the spread of the virus.

As visitations to Alcheringa have reopened, we ask that you take the following precautions prior to planning your next visit to keep residents and staff safe:

  • Do not visit Alcheringa if you are a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case, feeling unwell or have even the slightest of symptoms.
  • All visitors must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination upon entry.
  • All visitors must provide a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) preferably completed onsite.
  • All visitors are required to wear a surgical mask and visor onsite at all times.

To keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information you can visit here.

Mitchell House Lockdown Ends

7th June 2022 – We are pleased to announce that the lockdown at Mitchell House has now ended and visits to the facility are able to resume as of today.

This decision has been made following directives from Public Health, as there are no further instances of staff or residents testing positive.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience, understanding and flexibility during this lockdown as we worked to mitigate the spread of the virus.

As visitations to Mitchell House have reopened, we ask that you take the following precautions prior to planning your next visit to keep residents and staff safe:

  • Do not visit Mitchell House if you are a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case, feeling unwell or have even the slightest of symptoms.
  • All visitors must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination upon entry.
  • All visitors must provide a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) preferably completed onsite.
  • All visitors are required to wear a surgical mask and visor onsite at all times.

To keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information you can visit here.

Visitor Restrictions At Avonlea

7th June 2022 – We have identified a few cases of COVID-19 at Avonlea in Nhill. The family members of the affected residents have been informed and will continue to keep them updated on the well-being of their loved ones.

Due to this development, Avonlea is now an exposure site and we ask that you take the following precautions prior to visiting the home to keep our residents and staff safe:

  • Do not visit Avonlea if you are a close contact with a COVID-19 positive case, feeling unwell or have even the slightest of symptoms.
  • Only one visitor per resident is allowed into the facility and visitors must stay in residents’ rooms.
  • All visitors must provide a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to entering the facility.
  • Visitors will be required to wear Tier 3 PPE at all times inside the facility.

Management has been in contact with the Health Department and will keep you informed of any new developments or visitor requirements should there be any changes.

We will be conducting our next round of testing on all residents on the 9th of June, 2022.

To keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information you can visit here.

Easing of Visitor Restrictions in Tasmania

From 11:59pm on Thursday, 26 August 2021 the following restrictions will be eased in regards to visiting aged care homes in Tasmania:

  • Staff and visitors will no longer need to wear a mask while they remain on the premises.
  • There will be no restrictions to the number of visitors to a resident of a residential aged care facility.
  • There is still a requirement for all visitors to check-in and fines can apply for non-compliance.

There are also the following border restrictions that apply in Tasmania:

  • Border restrictions remain in place for all of New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand
  • A number of high-risk premises remain in place in Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand.
  • Anyone in Tasmania who has recently been in the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand must check the list of high-risk premises frequently at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travelalert. The list is updated regularly.
  • Anyone – including staff – who has been in a high-risk area or attended any of the high-risk premises in the last 14 days is not permitted to enter a Residential Aged Care Facility

Tasmanian Visitor Restrictions

Due to the escalating Coronavirus risk in Tasmania from 12.01am Friday 6 August 2021, anyone who enters a residential aged care facility – including staff – must wear a mask while they remain on the premises. This requirement does not apply to residents in the aged care facility. Visitors to residential aged care facilities will be restricted to two visitors per resident per day. This arrangement will stay in place until 11:59pm on Thursday 12 August 2021.

In Tasmania, visits to residential aged care homes are permitted for people providing care and support, with the following restrictions:

  • Visitors must not have any symptoms, even if mild, of COVID-19, including fever (a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees), symptoms of fever (chills, night sweats), cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell. Unless an exemption has been granted by the facility in relation to end-of-life care.
  • People who are subject to quarantine must not visit a residential aged care facility unless an exemption has been granted. That means they must not have:
    • been in an area or premises identified as medium or high-risk for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days
    • had contact with anyone known to have COVID-19, or reasonably suspected of having COVID-19, within the previous 14 days (except as part of their employment while wearing effective personal protective equipment).

We do not currently have any cases of Coronavirus at any home, and the lockdown is only precautionary due to the increasing risk in Tasmania.

To stay up to date, you can visit www.respect.com.au/coronavirus

Victorian Lockdown Update

Following the announcement of the Victorian lockdown at midnight yesterday (15 July) there are also changes to the rules regarding visiting aged care homes in the state. No visitors are permitted at care facilities, unless an exception applies. Exceptions apply in limited circumstances.

You may only visit a care facility for the following excepted reasons:

  • as a nominated person under the Mental Health Act 2014
  • for providing essential care and support that is necessary for the resident’s immediate physical or emotional wellbeing
  • for providing interpreter or informal language support to enable the care team to provide care
  • for learning to support a resident’s care upon discharge
  • for providing end-of-life support to a resident of the facility

Loved ones can be contacted by telephone and video chat facilities if they wish to do so. If you would like to speak with your loved one by video chat, please don’t hesitate to contact the home your loved one resides in so this can be arranged.

We do not currently have any cases of Coronavirus at any home, and the lockdown is only precautionary due to the increasing risk in Victoria.

Easing of Restrictions in Victoria

Due to the improving situation in Victoria, the government has announced a relaxation of the visitor restrictions for aged care homes in the state. We are pleased to advise that as of 11.59pm Thursday 24 June, visitors will be allowed back into Victorian aged care homes, with the following restrictions:

  • Two visitors at a time, with a maximum of five per day
  • Visitors do not have to be from the same household and there is no time limit
  • Prospective residents are a permitted to visit
  • Masks must be worn

We will also be introducing the Victorian QR Code Service our aged care homes. The QR code will be included as part of our visitor check-in using the automated Zipline system.

Victorian Precautionary Lockdown

Due to the escalating Coronavirus risk in Victoria, as from midnight 27th May all Respect homes in Victoria will be in precautionary lockdown. This lockdown will last for at least the next 7 days, and will be reviewed on Thursday 3rd June. This means that there will be no visitations allowed, except on compassionate grounds (subject to approval). Visitation booking slots that were scheduled for the next 7 days have unfortunately been cancelled.

Loved ones can be contacted by telephone and video chat facilities if they wish to do so. If you would like to speak with your loved one by video chat, please don’t hesitate to contact the home your loved one resides in so this can be arranged.

We do not currently have any cases of Coronavirus at any home, and the lockdown is only precautionary due to the increasing risk in Victoria.

This does not affect our homes in other states.

Enhanced visitor restrictions for Victorian Homes

Due to the escalating Coronavirus risk in Victoria, as from 6pm tonight (Tuesday 25th May) there will be a number of enhanced visitor restrictions for all Respect homes in Victoria. These enhanced restrictions include:

End of life care visits

  • Two visitors at a time
  • Do not have to be from the same household.
  • No time limits.
  • No specified purpose required.
  • No daily limit.
  • A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependents of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependents cannot be arranged.

All other visits

  • Two visitors at one time
  • Do not have to be from the same household
  • No time limits.
  • No specified purpose required.
  • No more than five visitors per day, including dependents.
  • A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependents of a visitor (or patient in hospital) are in the group and care for the dependents cannot be arranged.

Enhanced face mask requirements

  • All visitors are required to wear face masks when in an indoor space or in any outdoor space when a visitor cannot maintain 1.5m distance from all other persons (except those with whom their ordinarily reside or an intimate partner).
  • All workers(including non-essential staff and contractors) are required to wear face masks when in any indoor space (regardless of whether accessible to visitors or residents) and in any outdoor space where the worker is engaged in face-to-face contact with a resident or visitor.

We do not currently have any cases of Coronavirus at any home, and the lockdown is only precautionary due to the increasing risk in Victoria. This does not affect our homes in other states.

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