Meadow Springs Residential Care Facility – Updated Visitation Advice 

12 March 2021

Dear Residents, Families, and Visitors,

I write to provide updated visitation advice for our Meadow Springs Residential Care Facility following the WA Chief Health Officer’s issuance of an updated Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction (Direction).    

The updated Direction relates to quarantine centre workers.   Any person who is a quarantine centre worker and who has attended a quarantine centre in the preceding 14 days must not enter, or remain on, the premises of a residential care facility unless that person at all times while on the premises wears an approved face covering and practises social distancing including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres.

Daily entry and screening times for visitors are detailed below.    

 

Area

Daily Entry and Screening Times

Visit Locations

Meadow Springs RCF Administration Office

10:00 am to 11:00 am 

 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

 

 Weather permitting - Patio and garden areas or resident’s room.   Not in the lounge or dining areas.

 

 

In relation to visits the following screening measures are in place until further notice.

Visitors and staff may not enter residential care facilities, if they:

  • Are subject to an interstate, intrastate, regional or metropolitan COVID-19 quarantine and testing direction.
  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results.
  • Have returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • Have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Have been informed that they are a ‘close contact’ of COVID-19.
  • Have a fever or any (even mild) symptoms of acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue).
  • Cannot provide staff with documentary evidence of their 2020/2021 influenza vaccination prior to entry.  
  • (Note: residential aged care providers must seek appropriate evidence of immunisation status from individuals seeking to enter the residential aged care facility.   Appropriate evidence may be a statement or record from a health practitioner; or an immunisation history statement available from Medicare online or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.    Evidence of immunisation status must be dated 2020/2021.   Under the Commonwealth Government direction, aged care providers are required to take all reasonable steps to ensure that a person does not enter or remain on the premises if they do not meet the influenza vaccination requirements).

Visitors entering our residential care facilities must:

  • Use hand sanitiser provided upon entering the facility and take their temperature which must be no more than 37.5 and recorded on the form provided.
  • Conduct visits in the resident’s room, outdoors, or in a specific designated area (not a communal space where the risk of viral transmission to residents is greater).
  • Ensure residents have no more than two visitors at a time.
  • Practise social distancing including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Wear a surgical mask if and when directed.
  • Not visit or attempt to enter our facilities if you are unwell.

In addition, and in accordance with Commonwealth Government advice:

  • No group visits or gatherings, including social activities or entertainment, are permitted at this time.
  • Visits by children aged 16 years or less are permitted on the basis that they are closely supervised at all times and visitor restrictions detailed above are observed.
  • Spouses, close relatives and social supports are not limited in the number of hours they spend with relatives following entry and screening.
  • Residents may leave our facilities to attend small family gatherings (residential care providers are obliged to undertake a risk assessment prior to the outing and a screening process following the outing).

Despite our continued efforts, it may be necessary for further restrictions to be placed on visitor access in exceptional circumstances, such as by Government direction, a COVID-19 outbreak in our facility, a COVID-19 outbreak in the area in which a particular facility is located, or an increase in community transmission in the broader region.

Our Meadow Springs Residential Care Facility Manager, Ms Helen King, and her team will continue to make every effort to ensure the wellbeing of residents, their families, visitors and staff colleagues.   Again, thank you for your continued patience and support.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Davidson MVO, OAM

Chief Executive Officer