Easing of visitor restrictions in our residential aged care communities

It has been a challenging six-week period for every Australian. The way we live has changed dramatically and our collective efforts to stay home and socially isolate has had a significant impact on “flattening the curve” and reducing the number of new COVID-19 cases.

In late March the team at Baptcare made the difficult decision to begin restricting visitor access to our residential aged care communities for the wellbeing, health and safety of our residents and staff.

We believe this measure reduced the risk of exposure to the virus and can confirm that there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in any of our aged care communities. We extend our thanks to our residents’ loved ones for their support and understanding and acknowledge the distress these restrictions have caused for families and residents.

As the number of new COVID-19 cases has reduced, discussion has turned in Government circles to lifting the current visitor restrictions in the interests of the mental and social wellbeing of aged care residents. There is no doubt that residents would cherish face to face contact with their loved ones and we would welcome the positivity this would bring to our communities. Equally, we must acknowledge that COVID-19 remains a risk and the Australian experience of the virus in residential aged care communities has been heartbreaking. It is a delicate balance that is forefront in our minds as we plan to ease the current visitor restrictions.

Families and friends will be able to visit residents in our residential aged care communities from 4th May 2020.

Between now and 4th May 2020, visits may continue to occur for end of life care and in exceptional circumstances after discussion with the community’s Residential Care & Services Manager.

Flu vaccination requirement

One of the key conditions included in our visitor protocols after 4th May will be the government mandated requirement that everyone entering a residential aged care community must provide proof of an up-to-date flu vaccination. All residential aged care providers are required to take reasonable steps to ensure that these directions are being followed.

For more information on flu vaccination requirements for visitors to our residential aged care communities please click here.