02nd July 2021

Dear Residents, Families, and Visitors,

UPDATE ON COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

As you will be aware the WA Premier announced a COVID-19 lockdown for the areas of Perth and Peel regions effective from midnight 28 June until 12.01am 3rd July 2021.

Today the WA Premier gave an update that the lockdown for Residential Aged Care Facilities will continue until 12.01 am Tuesday 6th July 2021.

In accordance with today’s update announcement –

No visitors will be allowed in our Menora Gardens and Meadow Springs residential aged care facilities, until 12.01am 6th July.

From 12.01am 6th July, normal visiting hours are expected to commence. All visitors must wear a mask at all times until 12.01am Tuesday 12th July 2021.

The exception is where the visitor’s presence at the residential aged care facility is for the purposes of end-of-life support for a resident.

Despite the exception a visitor must not enter or remain in the Menora Gardens or Meadow Springs residential aged care facilities if they:

· Are subject to an interstate or intrastate quarantine direction.

· 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 2021/2022 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 2021/2022. 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).

· Do not wear a surgical mask.

Visitors meeting the exception noted above and 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 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 2 metres.

· Wear a surgical mask.

Further advice regarding the easing of visitation restrictions will be provided following receipt from the State Government.

Yours sincerely,

Linda Jackson, Acting CEO