As you must have heard from the news, the Government’s pandemic management measures are relaxing with the clearly trending downward of COVID-19 transmissions in NSW. This is certainly a pleasing news to all of us.
The government has just announced some changes to the close contact isolation rules. However, please be aware that these changes DO NOT apply to aged care settings or aged care workers (residential care or home care or senior wellness centre).
ANHF Residential aged care facilities
Given each residential aged care facility may be impacted by the risk of COVID-19 exposure differently, all people intending to go to the nursing home should take their responsibility to contact each nursing home directly to find out what are their visiting conditions at the moment.
All nursing homes would continue to ensure residents are able to be visited by one essential visitor at all times. However, after a risk assessment, or when COVID-19 is circulating in the local community, the nursing home may choose to limit visiting duration and visitor numbers by the booking schedule. In these instances, we will continue to support residents to be visited outdoor; and connect to their family by phone or by audio visual means; or our staff will continue to support “window visit” or outdoor visit; or transport dropped off food or other items to the residents.
Exemptions will be granted by Facility Manager to residents require essential care or End-of-Life visits after risk assessment subject to the visitors’ agreement to follow additional risk mitigation measures such as enhanced PPE (N95, Face Shield, Gown and Gloves).
The booster dose completion rate is one of the determining factors for the facility to consider relaxing visiting conditions. We are pleased to inform that our staff have achieved 98% booster vaccination rate at the moment. All visitors are asked to cooperate with the nursing home in infection prevention and control seriously, and also consider receiving COVID-19 Booster dose, as well as consider receiving the seasonal influenza vaccination.
Visitors must not enter the facility at all if they:
Home care / Domestic Assistance Service / Personal Care Service and Flexible Respite Service / Social Support Individual Service
Getting Test for COVID-19
COVID-19 testing requirements in NSW have changed. More information can be found on the getting tested for COVID-19 fact sheet.
From 12 January 2021, if you test positive for COVID-19 from a rapid antigen test (RAT), you must register your test result with Service NSW.
Where a resident or consumer is unable to independently complete the information on the Service NSW portal, the resident’s facility manager or the consumer’s advisor or coordinator could register the result on behalf of the resident or consumer.
From 24 January 2022, you can access free RATs if you hold an eligible Commonwealth concession card:
The above Concessional card holders can access up to 10 RATs over a 3 month period (max 5 over a 1 month period) through participating community pharmacies.
Updates to Public Health Orders
There have been several recent updates to Public Health Orders. More information on the Public Health Orders and restrictions is available.
We appreciate your understanding that we may have to amend our measures timely in response to the urgent directive from the NSW Health. We will contact all affected consumers, residents, relatives or staff directly as required.
ANHF Senior Management
Older people are at greater risk of more serious illness if they get COVID-19. If you, or someone you care for, need help, there is support available. Visit My Aged Care COVID-19 page to access a range of important resources to guide you through this difficult time.