This is to provide an update on visits to the facility during the escalation of infection in the Brimbank Council which has been identified as one of the ‘hotspots’ in Victoria in recent days.
There are other standard entry screening steps which you are already familiar with and will continue.
Types of Visits:
Kalyna Care has been updating families and the community about its efforts to minimise any breach of the virus to the facility via social media and newsletters. Staff are totally committed to this cause.
While there are easing of restrictions by the Federal and State governments to help the economy to recover, please understand that nothing has changed in aged care and for Kalyna Care. Elderly residents remain vulnerable to the virus.
We are acutely aware of the frustration by some visitors and families. We respectfully ask for your cooperation. We also respectfully ask that you allow our staff to ‘get on with their jobs’ and if you have any concerns to speak with myself or Julie Speirs in the first instance.
The lessons learnt and shared by our fellow providers in NSW who were impacted by an outbreak was to ensure we prevent a breach as best we can.
The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) require facilities to be primarily responsible for managing a COVID-19 outbreak. We are required to detect and notify of an outbreak, self-manage an outbreak, confirm and declare an out-break, provide advice on infection control measures and use of PPE and confirm and declare when an outbreak is over.
At Kalyna Care – we aim to first prevent as best we can, rather than to have to manage an outbreak.
There has been queries regarding the builders on site. All builders and tradesmen undergo identical (and daily) entry screening including temperature checks and flu vaccination authentication. Builder–resident contact is minimised as a practice.
We believe that the restrictions at Kalyna Care will remain for the foreseeable future.
We understand that the restrictions may not be acceptable to families and visitors.
However, we will continue to provide updates on any changes in visitor access as soon as we can.
We appreciate your assistance to convey this message to all family and friends of your resident at our facility at Kalyna Care.
We thank you for your cooperation.
Pearl Forrester CEO