Update: 15 June 2020
Moving to Alert Level 1 has resulted in a return to normal (almost) visitor protocols at Birchleigh.
The lurking threat of a second wave of Covid-19 infections is something the aged care sector is very aware of, so we do ask that everyone continues to take a high level of infection protection precautions.
The following guidelines now apply:
- Visiting hours are no longer restricted and no appointment is required prior to visiting.
- Our doors will no longer be locked (but see contact tracing below).
- However, if you are unwell with symptoms of influenza, stomach bug or other communicable illnesses, please do not visit Birchleigh for 48 hours after those symptoms have resolved.
- There is no limit to the number of visitors per resident or to the age of visitors.
- There is no limit to the duration of your visits.
- Silverstream visitors, please come to the main Reception entrance.
- Janefield visitors, please go to the Gate entrance and then to the lounge sliding door
- Braeside visitors, please go to the new entrance in the recently built connection.
- The Government is encouraging all businesses to continue contact tracing. So visitors will still need to sign a health declaration, and record visit date, time, name and contact details in our visitor register.
- Please continue to follow hand hygiene and other infection prevention and control measures on arrival and departure.
- You are not required to wear a mask (but they are available if you choose to).
- There will be no requirement for physical distancing, and hugs are encouraged!
The restrictions relating to resident outings have also been eased. We still ask that you provide a record of where the resident is going and who they will be / have been in contact with. And please ensure that all people the resident will be in close contact with have no symptoms of influenza or other communicable illnesses. We encourage you to take the opportunity to get out and support local hospitality and retail businesses who have been doing it tough for the past couple of months.
We appreciate that these remaining precautions are still an inconvenience, but they will be of huge benefit if we do see a recurrence of cases in this region. In the meantime, thanks again for your understanding and cooperation with these guidelines so far. It has made this difficult process much easier for all of us to deal with.
Management Team - Birchleigh
NOTE: This Covid-19 section on the Birchleigh website will be maintained for future use
should there be a return to community transmission and a move back up the Alert Levels.