Great News – the visiting restrictions have been lifted as at 1am on Friday 22 January

Arrangements will be as per those in December prior to lockdown.

You are restricted from entering an aged care facility if you:

  • are unwell.
  • have returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • have travelled to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days.
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and is waiting for the result.
  • have COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

 

Any person visiting a resident in a residential aged care facility, must, to the extent reasonably practicable:

  • practise physical distancing;
  • limit their contact with other persons at the facility;
  • avoid communal spaces; and
  • stay away when unwell.

 

Because of the ongoing requirement to practice social distancing and the restriction that remains in place with regards to mingling with other residents SPC will continue to limit visitors to two at a time and request that visits are conducted in a resident’s room or in the garden spaces. Visiting hours will remain 8:30am -4:30pm. Once again, it is envisaged that this will remain until such time as the maximum number of visitors permissible is lifted, temperature and health checks are no longer required and we are no longer required to maintain records for contract tracing purposes.

 

Additionally we request that you book your visit. This is being done to minimise the wait time to sign in. We are still required to register you and take your temperature and you are still required to make your health declaration, via the iPad, upon entry.

 

Residents can once again leave the facility for a variety of reasons including the attendance of family gatherings, however the registered nurse or charge nurse is require to keep a record of where you have been and with whom so that in the event of an outbreak we can provide the contract tracing details. If you are unsure or wish to do something a little out of the ordinary please have a chat with the staff – in most instances to date we have found a compromise.

 

Whilst we all want to encourage families and friends to enjoy the freedoms these arrangements allow it is important that we follow the guidelines to ensure we minimise the risk to loved ones and the broader SPC community.

 

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“The Word became flesh and lived among us”

(John 1:14)

 

Each year, when Christmas comes, that message is solemnly resounded as A Message of JOY and HOPE. It assures us that God has become like us as a human being and has always been with us, although this truth is sometimes obscured by the shadow of darkness. When the Corona Virus Pandemic is still spreading; when disasters, war, terror still threaten… God does not abandon us, He is there to care and comfort us through the open hearts of many…

The Management Team joining with the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, we would like to say a big Thank You to all our Staff, who are caring for our Residents. Especially during this time of uncertainty, you have shown how much you care and love for our residents.

With expanded thanks to all the Resident’s families and friends for you co-operate and understand during this Pandemic, especially when the lockdown accursed.

May the Birth of Jesus, our Lord, bring you lots of joy, hope, happiness and blessings.

Wishing you all

A Very Merry Christmas

&

A Happy New Year 2021