CHANGES TO COVID SYMPTOM LIST
BCAC has changed the entry declaration we ask all our visitors, staff and contractors to sign to align with the revised NSW Health possible COVID symptoms. The revised form asks everyone entering to confirm the following:
I have no symptoms now or in last 7 days of an acute respiratory illness e.g. fever, cough, sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, sudden onset of loss of taste or smell, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite
We are constantly reinforcing to staff the vital importance of staying at home if they have even the vaguest symptoms and we urge you to do the same.
As the broader community restrictions are relaxed we need to maintain our vigilance, and until the Public Health Orders imposed on residential aged care facilities expire on 22 June 2020 we cannot provide services which are not considered essential, such as hair dressing, concerts, group activities etc. We will keep you updated as NSW Health releases information to the aged care industry.
INDUSTRY CODE FOR VISITING RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE HOMES DURING COVID-19
The ‘Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19’ has been released by 13 aged care peak bodies and consumer advocacy organisations. The Code creates a nationally consistent approach that ensures residents can receive visitors while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19.
The Code includes the respective rights and responsibilities of providers, residents and visitors. It outlines that homes should allow residents to meet their visitors in a way that minimises the risk of COVID-19’s introduction to, or spread within, a residential care home.
BCAC supports the new code and we will continue to support additional visits or variations to visiting items based on compassionate grounds.