Visiting St Basils’ Homes; Annandale, Kogarah, Kensington, Miranda, Lakemba, Randwick

 

Due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 across Sydney there is a higher risk to our residents and staff there are measures in place based on requirements by NSW health authorities and St Basil’s NSW/ACT to allow COVID safe connections between residents and their family or friends.

 

St Basil’s encourages people who plan to visit the home to follow government guidance in being COVID safe in the community which involve good hand hygiene and wearing a mask. If someone has any flu-like or COVID symptoms they should stay away from the home.

 

In addition to the below information, if a St Basil’s home has residents with COVID or influenza A, please be aware of the specific requests and requirements of that home before visiting.

 

Requirements when visiting a resident at a St Basil’s Home

Visitors must not enter an aged care facility at all if they:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are a household or close contact. (These people must comply with the directions in the NSW Health Household and Close Contact Guidelinesand must not visit an aged care facility for at least 7 days after the last person in their house had a positive COVID-19 test. They should continue to avoid the facility for an additional 7 days where possible. If there are extenuating compassionate reasons for visiting an aged care facility and the visitor does not have symptoms of COVID-19, the facility may risk assess to determine whether a visit can safely occur.)
  • have been overseas in the previous 14 days, unless they are:
    • fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it has been at least 7 days after arrival, and they have received a negative rapid antigen test 6 days or later after arriving in NSW.
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  • have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

Visitor requirements:

  • Up to two (2) fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged under 12 years, per resident, per day however, the number of visitors for a resident may increase depending on their circumstances with approval by management of the home. For example:
  • A special occasion such a birthday
  • Visitors have travelled a long distance
  • Visitors have not seen the resident for an extended period of time
  • It is for the purposes of end of life.

 

  • Visitors must have a negative Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) immediately prior to each visit onsite sighted by St Basil’s staff, and complete the entry screening process.

 

  • Visitors should not move between different areas of the facility and should only visit the resident in their room or in an outdoor location away from other residents. All visitors over 12 years of age must wear a surgical mask over their nose and mouth while visiting indoors. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice – Mandatory mask wearing.

 

  • Visitors should maintain social distance and limit interactions.
  • People who are providing a service to the resident (including a health or other professional service) are not counted as a visitor.

 

  • Visitors must have had at least their third dose COVID vaccine and the 2022 influenza vaccine.
  • Existing requirements in the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2022 on visiting residents who are at end of life remain in place.

 

  • You may be required to make a booking to visit the home.

 

Vaccination requirements for entering St Basil’s Homes
In an effort to prevent, control and minimise risk of infection in our Homes, St Basil’s requests that all visitors are fully vaccinated with the 2022 influenza vaccine and the third dose COVID vaccine (booster). This means that visitors need to provide St Basil’s with documented evidence to enter a residential aged care facility. Visitors are required to show evidence of at least their third dose COVID (booster) vaccination, and evidence of their 2022 influenza vaccination.

You can send evidence of your vaccinations to the relevant Home using the email address below.

Annandale: annandale@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9152 8400
Kensington: kensington@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9313 7129
Kogarah: kogarah@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9588 9000
Lakemba: lakemba@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9784 3200
Miranda: miranda@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 8543 2000
Randwick: randwick@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9152 8300

If you would like to visit a resident for compassionate reasons, please feel free to reach out to the Management team of the home where your loved one resides so we can ensure a compassionate and dignified journey no matter what your vaccination status. We are happy to speak with you about the choices available.

 

Resident social outings

If you have any queries or needs for an outings please reach out to our home so they can conduct an initial risk assess in consultation with the resident and/or their representative. Subsequently you will be asked to complete an outing form and a declaration form.

 

Residents may leave the facility and attend family gatherings or other events but must follow the current Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order (No 2) 2022 and rules for people in NSW.

  • Residents should be tested using a RAT on Day 2 after their return, and again on Day 6. If they develop any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should immediately have a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until their symptoms are gone.
  • Residents should not leave the facility if they have COVID-19 symptoms until they have had a RAT or PCR test and have received a negative result.

 

Partnerships in Care Program

St Basil’s has introduced the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s Partnerships in Care program for residents representatives. Joining a Partnerships in Care program will help you to continue to provide care and companionship to the person you already support in residential aged care, even during periods of outbreak. This includes increasing your skills in infection prevention and control and formalising your care arrangements with the aged care home.

 

Learn more about the Partnerships in Care program and if you are interested in being a partner in care for your loved one, please reach out to the General Manager or Care Manager of the Home.

 

Do you have questions or feedback?

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to the Home’s General Manager or Administrators who will be happy to speak with you. You can also provide St Basil’s with feedback by calling 02 9784 3200 or by emailing admin@stbasils.org.au

 

The health and safety of residents and our workers are at the heart of all that we do. Thank you for your patience and cooperation in keeping our workplace and residents safe through the winter season.

Yours sincerely,

Spiro Stavis
Chief Executive Officer

COVID vaccination remains our best defence against COVID infection, the associated morbidity and mortality and residential aged care facility lockdowns.

Many facilities in Sydney have a higher proportion of unvaccinated than in the NSW general community.   There are also many residents who remain under vaccinated.  In an attempt to address this, Sydney Local Health District will be offering a COVID Vaccination Q&A session for families, carers and friends of residential aged care facility residents this week,  Wednesday 29/6 at 6 pm.

St Basil’s encourages Representatives and Substitute Decision Makers to attend the online Q&A session.

The details of the session and how you can join are below.

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As occurs in the winter months, it is anticipated this year Australia will see an increase in respiratory viruses such as influenza, as well as in COVID-19 cases.

The health, safety and wellbeing of residents and staff remain our priority, and we appreciate your continued support with the measures we are taking to make our Homes the safest possible place for our residents and staff. Visits are vital in maintaining an emotional and physical connection for our residents. St Basil’s will continue to support these visits wherever we can.

Vaccination requirements for entering our Homes
In an effort to prevent, control and minimise risk of infection in our Homes, St Basil’s requests that all visitors are fully vaccinated with the 2022 influenza vaccine and the third dose COVID vaccine (booster). This means that visitors need to provide St Basil’s with documented evidence to enter a residential aged care facility. As of Wednesday 1st June, visitors will be required to show evidence of their third dose COVID (booster) vaccination, and evidence of their 2022 influenza vaccination.

Providing evidence of your vaccinations
We will be requesting evidence of your current vaccinations either prior to you visiting or at the time of your visit. For support in obtaining your immunisation history statement as evidence of vaccinations, visit Service Australia’s fact sheet on their website.

You can send evidence of your vaccinations to the relevant Home using the email address below.

Annandale: annandale@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9152 8400
Kensington: kensington@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9313 7129
Kogarah: kogarah@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9588 9000
Lakemba: lakemba@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9784 3200
Miranda: miranda@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 8543 2000
Randwick: randwick@stbasils.org.au Tel: 02 9152 8300

Note that NSW Health advises that the 2022 influenza vaccine can be given on the same day or at any time before or after their winter COVID-19 booster. In exceptional or special circumstances, it may be possible to enter the facility where the visitor is providing essential care, or for compassionate reasons.

You can find more information about the influenza vaccine including in other languages, at Australian Department of Health’s website – https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/flu-influenza

Other requirements to enter our Homes as per NSW Health
• Residents are permitted to have two (2) fully COVID vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two (2) children aged under 12 years per day
• Visitors aged 12 years and over must have received a second dose of a COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit
• Visitors must have a negative Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) immediately prior to each visit onsite sighted by St Basil’s staff
• Up to 2 children under 12 years are permitted to visit provided they are accompanied by a person fully vaccinated against COVID-19
• All visitors must wear an N95 or P2 mask over their nose and mouth as well as a face shield, while visiting indoors. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice – Mandatory mask wearing
• Visitors must be escorted to and from their allocated visiting space by staff, and visitors must not wander around to greet other residents.
• People who are providing a service to the resident (including a health or other professional service) are not counted as a visitor
• Existing requirements in the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2022 on visiting residents who are at end of life remain in place

Visitors must not enter a RACF at all if they:
• Have COVID-19 symptoms
• Have been exposed to COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements. People who have had high risk exposures should not enter high risk settings for at least 14 days since their exposure to a COVID-positive person
• Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
• Have been overseas in the previous 14 days, unless they are:

o Fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it has been at least 7 days after arrival and they have received a negative rapid antigen test 6 days or later after arriving in NSW

The health and safety of residents and our workers are at the heart of all that we do. Thank you for your patience and cooperation in keeping our workplace and residents safe through the winter season ahead.

We always welcome your feedback and are happy to discuss any queries you may have, so feel free to reach out the General Manager or Care Manager of our Homes.

Head office management can be reached on 02 9784 3200 or by email at admin@stbasils.org.au

Dear Residents and Families/Representatives,

 

Currently there is an increase in COVID-19 cases across Sydney which creates a higher risk to our residents and workforce. Due to this increased risk there are measures in place, as a precaution, to provide COVID safe connections between residents and their family or friends.

 

Requirements when visiting a resident

Visitors must not enter an aged care facility at all if they:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • have been exposed to COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements. People who have had high risk exposures should not enter high risk settings for at least 14 days since their exposure to a COVID-positive person.
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  • have been overseas in the previous 14 days, unless they are:
    • fully vaccinated, it has been at least 7 days after arrival and they have received a negative rapid antigen test 6 days or later after arriving in NSW.

 

Visitor requirements:

  • Visiting is by appointment only. Please contact our home to make a booking and wait for confirmation before attending the home.
  • Up to two (2) fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged under 12 years, per resident, per day. Evidence of vaccination must be sighted by staff.
  • All visitors must have a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on-site prior to each visit so please allow up to 20 minutes for this prior to your booking time. The RAT kit will be provided by St Basil’s.
  • Up to two (2) Children under twelve (12) years are permitted to visit provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person. Babies and toddlers under 3 years of age should not wear a mask as it is a choking hazard.
  • Wherever possible, the visit should be in an outdoor area. Visits should not be in any inside communal areas. All visitors must wear a surgical mask over their nose and mouth while visiting indoors. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice – Mandatory mask wearing.
  • People who are providing a service to the resident (including a health or other professional service) are not counted as a visitor.
  • Existing requirements in the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2021 on visiting residents who are at end of life remain in place.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to get a booster vaccine if they are eligible for one.

If you would like to visit a resident for compassionate reasons, please feel free to reach out to the Management team of the home where your loved one resides so we can ensure a compassionate and dignified journey no matter what your vaccination status is. We are happy to speak with you about the choices available.

RESIDENT SOCIAL OUTINGS

If you have any queries or needs for an outings please reach out to our home so they can conduct an initial risk assess in consultation with the resident and/or their representative. Subsequently you will be asked to complete an outing form and a declaration form.

Residents may leave the facility and attend family gatherings or for other reasons but must abide by the current Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order (No 2) 2021.

  • Residents who return on the same day have a RAT on days 2, 4 and 7 after they return. If well, residents do not need to isolate. If they develop any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they will immediately be isolated and have a RAT or PCR test.
  • Residents who do not return the same day will be isolated until they have a negative PCR, (RAT if delays in PCR processing) the day of return with subsequent tests on day 3, 5 and 7 after they return.

Residents should not leave the facility if they have COVID-19 symptoms until they have had a RAT or PCR test and have received a negative result. Please be reminded that a resident should get a booster dose as soon as they are eligible for one.

Do you have questions?

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to your facility General Manager or Administrators who will be happy to speak with you.

Thank you for your support and cooperation while we care for your loved ones.

Yours sincerely,

Spiro Stavis
Chief Executive Officer

Dear Residents and Families/Representatives,

Currently there is an increase in COVID-19 cases across Sydney which creates a higher risk to our residents and workforce. Due to this increased risk St Basil’s will only accept essential visitors as a precaution, until further notice.

 

Essential-visitor requirements when visiting a resident

We will not be accepting any non-essential visitors until further notice. Requests to visit must be pre-approved by the General Manager and will only be for essential reasons including compassionate grounds.

 

Approved essential visitors:

  • must show evidence of a negative COVID test that’s no more than 48hrs old, PLUS
  • must have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) performed onsite with a negative result prior to entering our home.

The other existing requirements for visiting are also in place and will be provided to you during the visitor approval process.

 

What if you’re not an essential-visitor?

Speak with facility administrators and management to make other arrangements such as a window visit and/or an outdoor gated visit, by appointment where possible.

  

Resident social outings

Social outings are currently restricted for only essential reasons. If you have any queries or needs for an outings please reach out to our home so they can conduct an initial risk assess in consultation with the resident and/or their representative.

 

Do you have questions?

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to your facility General Manager or Administrators who will be happy to speak with you.

 

Thank you for your support and cooperation while we care for your loved ones.

 

Yours sincerely,

Spiro Stavis
Chief Executive Officer

Dear Residents and Families/Representatives,

With the festive season upon us, I hope that you are well on your way to enjoying the festive season with family and friends.

 

During this season, it’s important that you are fully aware of the requirements that we have in place to keep residents and workers as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

New requirements when visiting a resident

The additional requirements when visiting our homes, during the festive season are that you:

 

  • must show evidence of a negative COVID test that’s no more than 48hrs old, PLUS
  • must have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) performed onsite prior to entering our home, and

you should expect this to process to take up to 20 minutes.

 

The other existing requirements for visiting are also in place that you can read about further down.

 

What if you don’t have a negative test result to show us?

Speak with facility administrators and management to make other arrangements such as a window visit or an outdoor gated visit, by appointment.

 

 

 

Resident social outings

St Basil’s management will need to review your completed social outing form to conduct a risk assessment in consultation with the resident and/or their representative.

 

When leaving the facility, residents are required to adhere to public health orders as well as diligently follow COVID safe practices such as social distancing, mask wearing and good hand hygiene. Upon return, residents may be required to have a COVID PCR test performed and be prepared to isolate in their room until management receive the result.

Full details and the Resident Social Outing form can be found further down in this letter.

 

Below are all other requirements for visiting and outings during the festive season.

 

Residents are permitted to have two fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged under 12 years per day.

  • Visitors aged 12 years and over must have received a second dose of a COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit
  • Children under 12 years are permitted to visit provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person
  • Where visits include a child under 12 it is strongly recommended, where possible:
    • the visit is in an outdoor area
    • the child should wear a mask
    • the child should have Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) just before the visit
  • Visits should not be in any inside communal areas. All visitors must wear a surgical mask while visiting indoors. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice – Mandatory mask wearing.
  • People who are providing a service to the resident (including a health or other professional service) are not counted in the number of visitors permitted.

 

  

The Minister has signed an exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2021 to allow more than 2 visitors per day for the purposes of visiting a resident who is at the end of life.

  • The exemption is subject to the condition that the operator of the facility takes reasonable steps to ensure:
    • no more than 4 people (including children) visit at any one time
    • all visitors 12 years and over wear a mask while in an indoor area, unless the visitor is interacting with the resident they are visiting
    • there is minimal interaction between the visitors and the staff and other residents
  • The visitors in this circumstance do not need to be vaccinated, however appropriate care must be taken if unvaccinated visitors are entering the facility. It is strongly recommended:
    • the visit is solely inside the resident’s room and
    • where possible, the visitors have Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) just before the visit.

Visitors must not enter an RACF at all if they:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are a close or casual contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements.
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  • have been to an overseas country of concern in the last 14 days
  • have been to other overseas countries (not of concern) in the previous 14 days, unless they are:
    • fully vaccinated and have received a negative COVID PCR test 7 days or later after arrival in NSW

 

Resident outings

Residents are permitted to leave the facility and attend family gatherings or for other reasons but must abide by the current Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021.

Facilities must ensure that residents are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, infection control and mask wearing advice if they leave the facility. See the latest face mask rules.

If a person cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition, they must carry either:

  • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
  • a statutory declaration.

Please read Additional Advice – Residents attending family gatherings or excursions.

 

Before going on an outing, the Resident Outing Risk Assessment Form must be completed by the resident or the responsible person taking the consumer on the outing.  Social outing may take place provided that it’s done in a COVID safe manner and you provide St Basil’s management with at least 24 hours’ notice. You must have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result (from the within the last 48 hours of your visit) before taking your loved one on an outing.

 

Do you have questions?

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to your facility General Manager or Administrators who will be happy to guide you through the process over the festive season.

Thank you for your support during a year which has had its challenges, but we are proud that together we have created a better home and experiences for your loved one. We look forward to a great year ahead in 2022. I hope that the festive season is a joyous one and filled with creating wonderful memories with family and friends.

 

Yours sincerely,

Spiro Stavis
Chief Executive Officer

Dear Residents and Families/Representatives,

St. Basil’s NSW/ACT want to keep residents and workers as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic. This means that the requirements for visiting  our residential aged care homes are over and above the current requirements by NSW Health. Until further notice they are as follows:

Visitors:

Residents are permitted to have two fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged under 12 years per day.

  • Visitors aged 12 years and over must have received a second dose of a COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit.
  • Children under 12 years are permitted to visit provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person
  • Where visits include a child under 12 it is strongly recommended, where possible:
    • the visit is in an outdoor area
    • the child should wear a mask
    • the child should have Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) just before the visit
  • Visits should not be in any inside communal areas. All visitors must wear a surgical mask while visiting indoors. For reasons when masks can be removed please see Additional Advice – Mandatory mask wearing.
  • People who are providing a service to the resident (including a health or other professional service) are not counted in the number of visitors permitted.

 The Minister has signed an exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 Care Services) Order 2021 to allow more than 2 visitors per day for the purposes of visiting a resident who is at the end of life.

  • The exemption is subject to the condition that the operator of the facility takes reasonable steps to ensure:
    • no more than 4 people (including children) visit at any one time
    • all visitors 12 years and over wear a mask while in an indoor area, unless the visitor is interacting with the resident they are visiting
    • there is minimal interaction between the visitors and the staff and other residents
  • The visitors in this circumstance do not need to be vaccinated, however appropriate care must be taken if unvaccinated visitors are entering the facility. It is strongly recommended:
    • the visit is solely inside the resident’s room and
    • where possible, the visitors have Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) just before the visit.

Visitors must not enter an RACF at all if they:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are a close or casual contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements.
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
  • have been to an overseas country of concern in the last 14 days
  • have been to other overseas countries (not of concern) in the previous 14 days, unless they are:
    • fully vaccinated and have received a negative PCR test 7 days or later after arrival in NSW

 

Residents:

Residents are permitted to leave the facility and attend family gatherings or for other reasons but must abide by the current Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021.

Facilities must ensure that residents are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, infection control and mask wearing advice if they leave the facility. See the latest face mask rules.

If a person cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition, they must carry either:

  • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
  • a statutory declaration.

Please read Additional Advice – Residents attending family gatherings or excursions.

 

Before going on an outing, the “Consumer Outing Risk Assessment Form” must be completed by the consumer or the responsible person taking the consumer on the outing.  Social outing may take place provided that it’s done in a COVID safe manner and you provide St Basil’s management with at least 24 hours’ notice. It is preferable that you have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result (from the within the last 72 hours of your visit) before visiting our homes or taking your loved one on an outing.

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to your facility General Manager.

Dear Resident Families or Representatives,

Currently there is an increase in COVID-19 cases in and around the Lakemba area which creates a higher risk to our residents and workforce at Lakemba. Due to this increased risk we have made changes to the requirements for visiting our Lakemba home that are in addition to the current requirements by NSW Health. The additional requirements are as follows:

 

  • All visitors must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than 3 days old.
  • All visitors must make a booking prior to attending our home. Bookings can be made via email lakemba@stbasils.org.au or over the phone 02 9784 3200.
  • Visitors must only convene in the resident’s room or in an outdoor area, and must maintain social distancing of 1.5m and good hand hygiene.

 

Please be reminded that a condition of visiting our home is that you wear a mask at all times during your visit whether you are indoors or outdoors.

 

To read about all other visiting requirements visit our website here: https://stbasils.org.au/covidupdate/update-to-visiting-requirements-and-covid-restrictions/

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to us.

 

Yours sincerely,

Meriem Mota and Danna Huang

Facility General Managers

Dear Residents and Families/Representatives,

St Basil’s is pleased to have recently welcomed family, friends and nominated representatives back into our homes to visit their loved ones. It has been a joy to see people reconnect after such a challenging time.  The current requirements for visiting our residential aged care homes according to NSW Health are as follows:

Residents are permitted to have two fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, plus two children aged under 12 years per day.

  • Visitors aged 12 years and over must have received a second dose of a COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit
  • Children under 12 years are permitted to visit provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person
  • Where visits include a child under 12 it is strongly recommended, where possible:
    • the visit is in an outdoor area
    • the child should wear a mask
    • the child should have Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) just before the visit
  • Visits should not be in any inside communal areas. All visitors must wear a surgical mask while visiting indoors
  • People who are providing a service to the resident (including a health or other professional service) are not counted in the number of visitors permitted

 

There is an exemption to allow 4 visitors per day for the purposes of visiting a resident who is at the end of life. The exemption is subject to the condition that:

  • no more than 4 people (including children) visit at any one time
  • all visitors 12 years and over wear a mask while in an indoor area, unless the visitor is interacting with the resident they are visiting
  • there is minimal interaction between the visitors and the staff and other residents
  • The visitors in this circumstance do not need to be vaccinated, however appropriate care must be taken if unvaccinated visitors are entering the facility. It is strongly recommended:
    • the visit is solely inside the resident’s room and
    • where possible, the visitors have Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) just before the visit.

 

Visitors must not enter an RACF at all if they:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • are a close or casual contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 unless they have completed their self-isolation and testing requirements
  • are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
  • have been overseas in the previous 14 days, unless they are:
  • fully vaccinated and have received a negative test 7 days or later after arrival in NSW
  • a fully vaccinated international flight crew member and have a negative PCR test within 24 hours of arrival in NSW or a negative RAT taken on the same day prior to entry.

 

Residents are permitted to leave the facility and attend family gatherings or for other reasons but must abide by the current Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021.

Facilities must ensure that residents are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, infection control and mask wearing advice if they leave the facility.

If a person cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition, they must carry either:

  • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
  • a statutory declaration.

Before going on an outing, the “Consumer Outing Risk Assessment Form” must be completed by the consumer or the responsible person taking the consumer on the outing.  Social outing may take place provided that it’s done in a COVID safe manner and you provide St Basil’s management with at least 24 hours’ notice. It is preferable that you have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result (from the within the last 72 hours of your visit) before visiting our homes or taking your loved one on an outing.

Download the Outing Form 

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to your facility General Manager.

Yours sincerely,

Spiro Stavis, Chief Executive Officer

St Basil’s is pleased to be welcoming family, friends and nominated representatives back into our homes to visit their loved ones. It has been a challenging time, and we appreciated your patience and cooperation.

As of 8am on Monday 11th October St Basil’s Homes will be opening our doors to visitors again, and we are extremely excited! We cannot wait to see the joy that will be created by having everyone
re-connect in person.

With COVID-19 still very present in the community, it’s critical that we maintain infection prevention practices for the safety of our cherished residents, our workplace and the community.

Visitor requirements include:
• all visitors aged 12 years and over to all aged care facilities must have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as least 14 days prior to their visit unless they can provide a COVID-19 medical contraindication certificate or the visit is for end of life.
• Only two (2) visitors per day per resident are allowed
• Visitors must wear a surgical mask within the facility, and practice social distancing of 1.5m
• Visitors must have a pre-approved booking to visit the home, with a visitation time of up to 30 minutes
• You must take direction from facility staff and will be escorted by staff to and from the resident’s room or a designated visiting area assigned by management
• Non-COVID vaccinated people can attend for end of life reasons only, and must wear full PPE as instructed by staff on attendance

  • It is preferable that you have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result (from the within the last 72 hours of your visit) before visiting our homes or taking your loved one on an outing.

Bookings should be made via telephone or email directly with the home where your loved one resides. When making your booking you must provide evidence of your two COVID vaccinations by way of an immunisation certificate or Medicare certificate.

Visitors must not enter our facilities at all if they:
• are not double-vaccinated for COVID-19, unless for end of life reasons
• have been to any close, casual or monitor for symptoms locations in NSW OR Victoria, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory OR New Zealand in the last 14 days
• have been in a stay at home area in the last 14 days and are not an essential visitor
• have COVID-19 symptoms
• are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their isolation period
• live in a household with a person who is currently isolating
• are waiting for a COVID-19 test result
• are under the age of 12

Residents are permitted to leave the facility and attend small family gatherings but must abide by the current Public Health (COVID-19 Additional Restrictions for Delta Outbreak) Order (No 2) 2021, and must not go into an area that is currently under a stay at home Order.

Before going on leave, a “Consumer Outing Risk Assessment Form” must be filled out by the consumer or the responsible person taking the consumer out on social leave. Social outing may take place provided that it’s done in a COVID Safe manner and you provide administration or management of the home with some notice (at least 24hrs before). Copy of the leave form attached.

St Basil’s anticipates that NSW Health will continue to update the Public Health Order regularly. If we receive any updated information we will be sure to advise you.

If you have any queries or concerns, please reach out to your facility General Manager.