Wednesday 26 August 2020

Recently, the SA Government released an updated Direction for Residential Care homes, with new requirements around the movement of Personal Care Workers between locations, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

These requirements are designed to assist safeguarding against the transmission of COVID-19 into aged care in order to protect the health and safety of residents.

Southern Cross Care welcomes this new Direction, which further strengthens South Australia’s COVID-19 aged care response plans.

In response to this new SA Government Direction, we have developed a new COVID-19 Safeguarding Plan that will come into effect Thursday 27 August in our SA Residential Care homes.

  • The key elements of this plan include:
  • The restriction of all Personal Care Workers to working at one SA Residential Care home only

The requirement for all staff providing health or personal care services to a resident (and unable to socially distance) to wear a surgical mask when providing these services. Visitors are not currently required to wear masks.

Under this new plan, residents can continue to have up to two scheduled visitors at a time in their rooms whilst avoiding communal areas. Any new visit bookings, or changes to visit schedules must be made in advance via email to ensure that our staff are able to safely facilitate visits, including entry screening. Email addresses and further information about visitation guidelines are available here.

Residents and visitors will also notice additional signage within our homes, encouraging COVID Safe practices such as regular hand washing and social distancing, as required under our COVID-19 Infection Control Plan.