The safety of our residents, clients and staff across our Residential Care Homes, Retirement Villages and Home Care services is our number one priority, and we are regularly reviewing the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation to assess associated risks.
The number of COVID-19 community transmitted cases continues to rise. New locations outside of the original South Western Sydney cluster are now reporting positive cases. The list of affected COVID-19 NSW locations is updated daily and is available via https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
COVID-19 spreads rapidly and is often undetected until it is too late. As a temporary precaution, SCC has placed some of our homes into full restricted access during this heightened period of COVID-19 spreading within the community. If you need to visit a home because your loved one is palliating or in of end-of-life care, please contact the Facility Manager who can arrange compassionate visits and work with families on the best way to manage individual situations.
Any visitors who live or have been in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the previous two weeks MUST NOT enter aged care facilities.
Bankstown (suburb) | Eastern part of City of Sydney LGA* | Cumberland | Fairfield | Ku-ring-gai | Liverpool | Mount Druitt (suburb) | Parramatta | Randwick | Sutherland | Waverley | Willoughby | Woollahra | * (Sydney, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Woolloomooloo, Potts Point, Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay, Centennial Park)
The postcodes of these areas are as follows:
The list of affected COVID-19 NSW locations is updated daily and is available via https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates
Please do not visit our homes if you have been to these locations, or, if you are sharing a household or in close contact with anyone who has. In this instance, NSW Health is advising to watch for respiratory symptoms or fever, and if they occur, isolate and get tested for COVID-19 immediately.
In response to recent wide spread COVID-19 community transmission, SCC has decided to temporarily place all our homes into full restricted access until further notice. The federal government and the aged care industry have developed a code of conduct to help facilitate safe and responsible visitation for our residents. Our approach to visitation is in line with government recommendations however, we remain cautious with the current widespread COVID-19 transmission in the community, and continue to monitor the situation regularly.
Due to the higher risk for COVID-19 complications with older Australians, the Government is still urging caution and asking people over 70 years, and those over 65 years with existing health conditions to remain at home unless essential, and to be extra vigilant with social distancing and hygiene measures.
For the safety of our residents, we have restricted all non-essential services and group activities. We are strongly advising elderly residents to:
COVID-19 remains a serious risk to the elderly and those with a chronic medical condition. Click here to find the latest information sheet which outlines how aged care workers, including those at Southern Cross Care NSW & ACT, will provide services in a safe way.
All Home Care staff, including Service Advisors, are fully compliant with infection control procedures. We are asking that if anyone is unwell, that they contact their Service Advisor as soon as possible, have regular contact with their doctor and call them if they are concerned about any health conditions.
For more information on COVID-19 visit the Department of Health, which publishes and updates information regularly on its website at www.health.gov.au or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
Southern Cross Care NSW & ACT is compliant with COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control procedures to ensure the best quality care is provided to our residents and clients.