COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Message from Senior Management

The latest updates from NSW government:

  • NSW government has made some new announcements regarding the reopening of the community as the COVID-19 vaccination rate has reached 91% double doses.
  • ANHF workforce have completely met all mandatory vaccination requirements for residential and in-home and community care workers.
  • NSW Health has updated COVID-19 vaccination information and urged all people over 12 years of age to take up the vaccination to protect themselves and their close contacts to reduce the likelihood of hospitalisation and/or fatality. Please check this website if you want to obtain the latest information regarding how to get the vaccination. 
  • About the Booster Dose
    • FAQs page is available to explain the COVID-19 booster program in residential aged care and how you can receive your booster dose if you are eligible.
    • The expert advice is that people are eligible for a booster vaccination if they completed their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than six months ago.
    • People who have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are fully vaccinated and very well protected against serious illness, hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.
    • A booster dose will boost a person’s immune response and provide an additional layer to further reduce the risk of breakthrough infection (when a fully vaccinated person gets COVID-19 and is at risk of transmitting the virus to others).   
    • For this reason, all residents and workers in residential aged care are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster from six months after they have completed their primary course (2 doses).
    • From 8 November 2021, the Australian Government will roll out a national COVID-19 vaccine booster program for residents in aged care facilities. Your Facility Manager will contact you directly to gather interest and obtain consent prior to the Booster Shots Clinic is being scheduled.

ANHF Residential aged care facilitie

  • Residents are permitted to have two fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged under 12 years per day.
  • Visitors are asked to contact the facility in advance to complete entry screenings and/or booking as some visits require additional precautional measures will need to be agreed on and arranged in order to facilitate a safe visit.
  • Visitors will be allowed in resident’s room if it is a single room, or in a designated visiting area assigned by the facility;
  • Visitors will not be allowed in communal area;
  • Visitors must wear a surgical mask inside the facility at all times.
  • Visiting time and visitors numbers are restricted by the booking schedule for shared meeting venue (unless obtained prior agreement from facility manager);
  • No restriction on visiting time if the visit take place in the resident’s own single room, but the visitors must observe the room’s density restriction;
  • Visitors must successfully pass the temperature check, symptom and travel history screenings at entry;
  • Visitors must complete QR Codes checking in and out to assist NSW Health for contact tracing.
  • Visitors must follow all infection control instructions or signs( for example, don’t take off mask inside the facility), keep hand hygiene and social distancing (1.5m)
  • People who are providing a service to the resident including a health service or professional or other service are not included as part of the visitor limitations.
  • The visiting situation may vary from different nursing homes. Residents and relatives will receive specific instruction relevant to their nursing home. Please do not hesitate to contact your Facility Manager.
  • The Minister has signed an exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2021to allow more than 2 visitors per day for the purposes of visiting a resident who is at the end of life. 

ANHF’s Senior Wellness Centres

  • Day activity programs have received the permission to operate but must align with the directions in the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021
  • Our Senior Wellness Centres are currently reassessing their COVID-Safe plans and practices for resuming services. These practices may include
    • ensuring everyone wears a mask when indoors, unless they are exempted;
    • Continue the practice of mask wearing protocols as precautions;
    • Temperature check, COVID-19 symptoms and travel history screenings as part of normal routine (ie. no participation or attending Senior Wellness Centre if anyone have any COVID-19 symptoms);
    • Some services or activities may only be opened to fully vaccinated consumers;
    • Regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
    • Social distancing of at least 1.5 meters from other people to be observed.
  • Where consumers are not fully vaccinated, we will continue to provide flexible options including online service delivery, individual activities and avoid group interactions.
  • Consumers will be contacted by their Centre Coordinator respectively.

Home care / Domestic Assistance Service / Personal Care Service and Flexible Respite Service / Social Support Individual Service

  • Since 11 October 2021 most of the home care, domestic assistance, personal care, flexible respite and social support services have been resumed following a risk assessment conducted by the Home Care Advisors or CHSP Coordinators.
  • In line with the community expectation, the consumers’ COVID-19 vaccination status will be taken into consideration when assessing the risks and/or the degree of services our team can provide to the consumers. This is because many community venues will request the sighting of COVID-19 vaccination evidence as criteria for entry.
  • All staff will follow COVID-Safe screening protocols when commencing services.
  • Mask wearing requirement
    • We expect both of the home care worker and the in-home services and community consumers wear a surgical mask during the provision of the service.
    • A home care worker or resident may remove their mask:
      • while communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing
      • if wearing a mask creates a risk to health and safety
      • where clear enunciation or visibility of your mouth is essential
    • Anyone removing a mask for one of these reasons should maintain 1.5m distance from others wherever possible.
    • There are currently mandatory face mask rulesin some settings. If a home care worker is taking a resident out of the home setting it is important to follow the rules and understand how to use a face mask.
    • If a person cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition, they must carry either
      • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
      • a statutory declaration.

The above information can change rapidly so please check the web (Residential Care or Home & Community Care) at least daily for updates.

Mandatory use of QR Code

  • QR Code will continuous be used at all ANHF workplaces. Please note that this is a new mandatory requirement by NSW Health for all workplaces to assist speedy contact tracing.  We ask for your cooperation to register your entry and exit time of the location using the QR Code.  The data will be collected by Service NSW for the Health authority to trace and contact you should there be a concern on potential contact with a confirmed case.

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

30/11/2021

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* Please be informed that we will continue entry screening measure for all staff and visitors.

Visitors must not enter the facility at all if they

  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are a close or casual contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19, unless they have completed their isolation and testing requirements.
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  • have been to an overseas country of concern** in the last 14 days
  • have been to other overseas countries (not of concern) in the previous 14 days, unless they are:
    • fully vaccinated and have received a negative PCR test 7 days or later after arrival in NSW.

**South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles

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To download previous messages, click on the below link: 

 

Chief Executive Officer

From the CEO – Amid COVID-19 – 7 May 2020

From the CEO – COVID-19 Update: Health & Safety Reminder – 7 March 2020

 

Community Care

Letter to Home Care & CHSP Consumers 23 November 2021

Letter to Home Care Consumers 09 July 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter May 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter March 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter January 2021

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter December 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter November 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter October 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter August 2020

ANHF Home Care Service Newsletter July 2020

Safe Work Australia: Workplace Principles & Practice – In-Home Services during COVID-19 – 5 May 2020

Home Care Clinical Newsletter – COVID-19 – April 2020

Community Care Letter to Consumers, Tenants & Carers – Protecting Older Australians – 1 April 2020

Community Care Letter to Service Providers – 24 March 2020

Letter to Home Care Consumers – 17 February 2020

Community Care: Information & Recommended Health Care Actions – 17 February 2020

Letter to Home Care Consumers – 29 January 2020

 

Residential Care

Letter to Residential Care Residents and Relatives#41 07 Nov 2021

RS6858 Visitors Risk Assessment and Response Measure – From 11-10-2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents and Relatives#40 08 Oct 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #39- 07 Aug 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #38- 25 July 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #37- 15 July 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #36- 09 July 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #35- 26 June 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #34- 25 June 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #33- 22 June 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #32- 18 June 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #31- 17 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #30- 11 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #29- 09 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #28- 06 May 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #27- 23 March  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #26- 01 March  2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #25- 22 February  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #24 – 06 February  2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Department of Health 03 February 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions  from Department of Health 03 February 2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #23 – 30 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #22 – 27 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #21 – 15 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #20 – 7 January  2021

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #19 – 30 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #18 – 23 December 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 4) 2020-11 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #17 – 18 December 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #16 – 24 November 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #15 – 28 September 2020

Public Health (COVID-19 Aged Care Facilities) Order (No 3) 2020 – 16 September

COVID-19 Update from NSW Health & NSW Chief Health Officer – 31 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #14 – 31 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #13 – 21 August 2020

What to expect if the facility has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 – 21 August 2020

COVID-19 Info for permanent aged care residents emergency leave – 3 August 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #12 – 23 July 2020

Letter to Staff & Volunteers – Urgent Updates from NSW Health 16 July 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #11 – 16 July 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #10 – 26 June 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives – Update #9 – 15 May 2020

Industry Code for Visiting RAC Homes during COVID-19 – 15 May 2020

Mandatory Requirement on Influenza Vaccination – Update #8 – 28 April 2020

2020 Influenza Vaccination – Mandatory Requirement for Anyone Who Need to Work or Visit a RACF

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #7 – 1 April 2020

How to protect yourself and people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19 – March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #6 – 19 March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #5 – 6 March 2020

Residential Care Letter: Information for Visitors During COVID-19 Outbreak – 2 March 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #4 – 29 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #3 – 16 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #2 – 12 February 2020

Letter to Residential Care Residents & Relatives #1 – 31 January 2020

 

Keep up to date with the latest news from the Department of Health:

NSW Health Alert – COVID-19 Case Updates & Warnings – 13 July 2020

Australian Government Department of Health

New South Wales Government Department of Health

New South Wales Government Department of Health Facebook

NSW Health: COVID-19 Updates

World Health Organisation

 

Factsheets – Australian Government Department of Health

Interim Advice on Non-Inpatient Care of Persons with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

Factsheet for Older Australians – I have a Home Care Package, What Does this Mean for Me?

Covid-19 Information for Residents of RAC Services, their Family Members & Visitors

Families & Residents on Restricted Visits to RACF

COVID-19: Identifying the symptoms

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 – Practice social distancing

Practise simple hygiene by washing hands regularly

NSW Health Secondary Triage – Information for Residents & their Families

NSW Health Factsheet – Secondary Triage for RACF

 

COVID-19 Advice for the Public: Myth Busters

COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus

Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease

The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites

Can an ultraviolet disinfection lamp kill the new coronavirus?

Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body kill the new coronavirus?

How effective are thermal scanners in detecting people infected with the new coronavirus?

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?

Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?

 

Additional Resources – Learn the fundamentals of infection prevention and control: 

Australian Department of Health: How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID–19

World Health Organisation: When and how to use masks

How to make a cloth face mask – Health & Human Services Victoria State Government

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

NSW Health: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions