After serious discussion and consideration of the welfare of our residents, we have regrettably decided today that it will be in the best interest of those we care for to commence a state of isolation and close our doors to visitors. This is due to the current high risk of COVID-19 in the surrounding Local Government Areas. We will be implementing this state of isolation and highly restricted access from midnight tonight with only essential services and visitation to residents in a state of Palliation permitted.
We have received updated advice from NSW Health today that all Residential Aged Care providers maintain vigilance to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into their facilities and we have made this decision as a precautionary measure. There are several Local Government Area’s around the Central Coast reporting cases of COVID-19. These include as at 16th July:
Commencing from midnight tonight (17th July 2020) Peninsula Villages will introduce the following strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19:
State of isolation commences and highly restricted access only for essential services and visitation to residents in a state of Palliation until further notice. Those who fit the exemption criteria (Palliative Care) will be allowed entry only after discussion with the Facility Manager.
We are strongly advising Residents both in care and Independent Living Units to cease excursions outside the facility except for urgent reasons such as medical appointments or food shopping (Independent Living)
If a Resident needs to leave the service we ask that you wear a mask whilst out in the community which you will be able to obtain from your reception area.
We will provide a ‘Visiting Window Space’ where you can see your loved one and talk via mobile phone communication. You will need to book a visiting time via the facility administration for your building:
Peninsula Villages will continue its Family zoom calls and you can book accordingly by contacting reception.
We are asking that Independent Living Residents and Care Residents exercise social responsibility and limit there access to communal areas and self-isolate if unwell or have visited any of the below hotspots:
We are deeply sorry that we have had to take these measures, but due to the increased virility of COVID-19 and lessons already learnt regarding Aged Care facilities in Victoria, we feel that now is the right time to put these controls in place to do our best to keep the facility COVID free. We trust you support our decision that of course was made with our residents and staff front of mind.
We appreciate your patience with the changing environment, our staff are working tirelessly to ensure we can maintain a safe and comfortable environment for our residents.
As soon as this period of high risk decreases we will once again open our doors to visitors.