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We are delighted to announce the changes to visitors to Faversham House:
- One household may visit a patient or resident once per day for a maximum of one hour for any reason. This is in addition to the other exceptions to the restrictions, including:
- Support visits to provide emotional, cultural, spiritual or social support. (Limit: only 1 visitor, once per day, for a maximum of 1 hour.)
- Essential care necessary for the resident’s wellbeing, including includes mental health support, or assistance with daily activities like eating meals. Limit: one visitor at any one time (no time limit).
- Behavioural support to manage individual behaviours of concern, such as for people living with dementia, cognitive impairment or cognitive disability. Limit: one visitor at any one time (no time limit) – Interpreters or informal language support. (Limit: one visitor for one hour)
- End of life support. (Limit: two visitors at any one time.)
- People under the age of 16 are no longer restricted from entry based on their age.
- People can again visit in the capacity of prospective resident (with an accompanying person if required; limit of one hour).
- Residents leaving RACFs Residents can leave their care facility for any reason, provided they comply with current restrictions in Victoria. When residents leave the facility, they should be reminded of the current restrictions, including:
- wearing a fitted face mask indoors, and when you cannot maintain 1.5m distance outdoors; this means carrying a mask with you at all times.
- physical distancing (staying 1.5m from others)
- limits on private and public gatherings
- not seeing people who are quarantining, isolating or otherwise unwell.
- Returning to the RACF Residents should be screened upon their return, for example, having their temperature checked. Residents do not need to be isolated upon their return except on specific advice from the Department of Health. Providers are reminded that they must balance safety and resident wellbeing – this means taking into account residents’ physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing when implementing infection prevention and control measures to protect residents and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Thank you for your support observing the guidelines we have in place to ensure our residents and staff are kept as safe as possible. We will continue to update you as and when we can make any further changes, when we receive information form the Chief Medical Officer. For more information, please refer to www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus