Carinity CEO Jon Campbell is urging the community to assist with controlling the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by adhering to Carinity’s strict virus control measures.
“Given the rapid spread of COVID-19 and with older people being particularly vulnerable to the virus, we have taken additional measures to protect our residents,” Mr Campbell says.
“These measures include restrictions around entry to Carinity aged care sites and stringent procedures to be followed while visiting our services, which require the full cooperation of members of the community.”
Many of the virus control measures already implemented by Carinity pre-date official directives from the Australian Government Department of Health announced on 18 March.
As of 17 March, all staff and visitors to Carinity sites have submitted to infrared temperature checks before entering buildings with entry restricted to immediate family members only, such as the spouse and children of the resident.
“Visiting hours have been restricted to two hours per day, seven days per week, with visits to take place only in the resident’s room and for short durations,” Mr Campbell says.
Carinity advises visitors should avoid physical contact with residents and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between them and any other person when speaking with them.
“Visitors are required to avoid communal spaces, like dining areas, and thoroughly wash hands with antibacterial soap before and after visiting our homes,” Mr Campbell says.
“Residents should not be taken out of the facility as this will increase the risk of their infection and place other residents at increased risk.”
These new measures are in addition to Carinity’s comprehensive infection management and control system to be followed by anyone entering a Carinity service including visitors, staff, contractors, suppliers, volunteers, chaplains and health professionals.
In accordance with Australian Government regulations, any person who has returned from travel overseas in the past 14 days is required to self-isolate at home for 14 days and are not permitted entry to any Carinity service.
“This virus is a serious challenge to the community but if we work together, we can help to minimise the impact on everyone’s health,” Mr Campbell says.
“It is our utmost priority to reduce the risk to the health and safety of our staff and vulnerable residents.”