COVID-19: Reliable sources of information

With the recommendations around stopping the spread of COVID-19 changing almost daily, it can be hard to know which information is factual and current.

Keeping up to date with reliable sources will help you ensure a safe environment for your people and residents.  Knowing the current advice from government departments is critical so we’ve compiled a handy list of sites you can trust to keep you up-to-date:

Federal Government, Aged Care, Health and Media

State Governments

Printable Resources & Information

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-campaign-resources

Visit our blog for further information and resources on what COVID-19 means for aged care.

COVID-19: The latest information for Aged Care and Older Australians

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented health event, and it’s up to us to try and stop the spread of infection, particularly to vulnerable groups like those in aged care services. It’s crucial we stay up-to-date with information from reliable sources to ensure we are doing the best by our people and residents.

 In case you missed the announcement on the 18th of March 2020, here’s the latest advice for Aged Care from the Australian Government:

Restrictions on entry into aged care facilities

The following visitors and staff (including visiting workers) should not be permitted to enter the facility:

  • Those who have returned from overseas in the last 14 days;
  • Those who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days;
  • Those with fever or symptoms of acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath); and
  • Those who have not been vaccinated against influenza (after 1 May 2020)

Visitors

Aged care facilities should implement the following measures for restricting visits and visitors to reduce the risk of transmission to residents, including:

  • Limiting visits to a short duration;
  • Limiting visits to a maximum of two immediate social supports (family members, close friends) or professional service or advocacy at one time, per day;
  • Visits should be conducted in a resident’s room, outdoors, or in a specific area designated by the aged care facility, rather than communal areas where the risk of transmission to residents is greater;
  • No large group visits or gatherings, including social activities or entertainment, should be permitted at this time;
  • No school groups of any size should be allowed to visit aged care facilities.
  • Visitors should also be encouraged to practice social distancing practices where possible, including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Children aged 16 years or less must be permitted only by exception, as they are generally unable to comply with hygiene measures. Exemptions can be assessed on a case-by-case basis, for example, where the resident is in a palliative care scenario.
  • Measures such as phone or video calls must be accessible to all residents to enable more regular communication with family members. Family and friends should be encouraged to maintain contact with residents by phone and other social communication apps, as appropriate.

Managing illness in visitors and staff

Aged care facilities should advise all regular visitors and staff to be vigilant for illness and use hygiene measures including social distancing, and to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, specifically fever and acute respiratory illness.  They should be instructed to stay away when unwell, for their own and residents’ protection.

The full media statement is available at pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures.

For more information on COVID-19 measures, visit the health.gov.au website and visit the Umbrella Solutions blog for updates.

Congrats Michele Bell, Ku-ring-gai Woman of the Year

Umbrella Solutions would like to congratulate KNC CEO Michele Bell for being named the Ku-ring-gai Woman of the Year for 2020.

Michele Bell

These awards celebrate women who create positive change within communities . Michele has created innovative service models and formed strategic partnerships that ensure all community members have the information and tools that allow them to live an independent life.

KNC was one of our first Coverage beta customers  and we are so proud to be associated with such a creative, community focused leader like Michele.

So please join us in celebrating Michele’s success and check out the amazing work she and the KNC team do for the Ku-ring-gai community. https://www.knc.org.au/