COVID-19 Pandemic Update

 

July 14th, 2021

 

CEO update

 

NSW has entered the most worrying time since the COVID pandemic commenced back in 2020 with increasing numbers of community transmission and a highly infectious delta variant spreading through the greater Sydney region.

Carino Care has been taking every precaution to mitigate the risk of Covid entering our homes during this time.

 

While most residents in our services have been vaccinated against COVID, the risk to the elderly is still the greatest.

 

Given the lockdown restrictions in Sydney we have taken a risk approach to who we allow to enter our homes.

 

Visitors of residents who are palliating or who are highly distressed will continue to be supported to attend the service. PPE and screening procedures including using the QR code will still apply.

Other family members will be supported to visit via electronic means (Facetime or Skype) and in some circumstances, window visits.

Please speak to your site administration or manager if you need more information regarding this.

 

Regular updates will be posted via our MINT social app also over the coming weeks.

 

All Carino Care staff are currently undergoing the vaccine program and will also be covid tested over the next week- just to be sure we are not carrying the virus into our homes, unbeknown.

 

Thank you for your patience,

Dr James Grealy


June 21st, 2021

Dear Families and Visitors,

 

The recent news that there are now cases of the highly contagious Covid variant in Sydney is very concerning. There have been new cases in the Sydney and Illawarra areas, but excluding the Central Coast. The state of Victoria still remains an affected area and there are also new places of concern.

The most recent advice from the NSW Chief Medical officer is the following for our Carino Care Homes:

– All staff and visitors must wear a surgical mask

– Only two visitors per resident should be allowed each day

– Visits should be within the Resident’s room (if it is a shared room we will institute visiting in a common area with social distancing)

The residents within our homes have all received two shots of the Covid vaccine and staff within our homes have been incentivised to participate in the Covid vaccination program.

All staff have received their influneza vaccine this year and no visitors can enter the homes without proof of an influneza vaccine.

We would like to remind you to please stay home if you have the slightest symptoms of a cold.

Recently two of our facilities have been placed in lockdown for flu like illnesses and these have likely been traced back to visitors who have entered the homes.

 

Please also read the following link for the latest updates and advice regarding the recent Covid cases

COVID-19: Advice for aged care services – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)

 

Regards,

Dr James Grealy

CEO


20th May 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

We are pleased to announce that all of our homes have had the Covid vaccination clinics, and a large number of the Residents have received both Pfizer vaccines.

This gives us all a sense of relief as we try and incorporate Covid into our everyday lives.

This year all aged care workers and visitors are required to have an influenza vaccine to enter the homes.

From 1 June to 30 September 2021 staff and visitors should not enter an aged care facility if they have not received a dose of the 2021 influenza vaccine, unless they meet the criteria under the exceptional and special circumstances.

Priority should be given for COVID vaccination. Visitors are permitted to enter a facility if their influenza vaccine is delayed due to receiving COVID vaccinations, please speak to the management team and provide documentation showing COVID vaccination dates for entry.

Please feel free to send any further queries to our inquiries email.

Dr. James Grealy

CEO


24th March 2021

Dear Families and Friends,

NSW Health is working closely with the Australian Government to plan and implement a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination program in NSW.

In NSW, the first people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will include:

  • Healthcare workers working in locations with a higher risk of exposure to, and transmission of COVID-19, such as emergency departments, COVID-19 testing clinics, and COVID-19 wards;
  • Staff working in designated quarantine facilities.
  • Residents and staff of residential aged and disability care facilities.

The Australian Government is responsible for securing and distributing the COVID-19 vaccines and overseeing the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy. The NSW Government is collaborating with the Australian Government to implement the COVID-19 vaccination plan in NSW.

Carino Care homes are currently being contacted and dates set for vaccination clinics.  The vaccine is voluntary and consent must be obtained before a Resident can participate.

Please feel free to send any further queries to our inquiries email.

Dr. James Grealy

CEO

Advice to residential aged care facilities – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)