• Resthaven Port Elliot

    We have reviewed our current restrictions in line with the new SA Health advice and are pleased to advise we are able to ease some restrictions. With the exception of one positive resident, all residents are now free to move about the site, enjoying both the indoor and outdoor areas, and practising COVID-19 friendly behaviours such as physical distancing and hand hygiene.

    We can now recommence some visiting arrangements from 1pm on Saturday 15 January, 2022 for visitors who meet all existing entry requirements.

    Unfortunately, as the site is still considered an outbreak site, residents are unable to leave the site.

    We continue to liaise with SA Health and the Australian Department of Health and will update the website with the latest information as soon as possible.

    Visiting times

    Monday to Friday: 10am until 12 noon, and 2pm until 4pm.

    Weekends and public holidays: 1pm until 5pm.

    Whilst South Australia continues to have a high level of community transmission of COVID-19, visiting hours and times will be restricted to one visit by a maximum of two people, per resident, per day.

    Please ensure you sign in using the QR code and electronic visitor management system. If you have any symptoms of COVID, or are deemed a close contact of a positive case, you are not permitted to enter.

    SA Health have updated their guidelines for Residential Aged Care sites in managing COVID Outbreaks.

    Previously if there was a single positive case of COVID-19 in a staff member or visitor, the site was considered to be in a declared outbreak. This definition has now changed to a COVID-19 Exposure site. A COVID-19 Outbreak site is now defined as two or more positive staff members who were diagnosed at the same time, or, one positive resident.

    As a result we have reviewed our current restrictions in line with this new advice, but unfortunately at this stage, the site is still considered a prescribed outbreak site and remains under current restrictions. The primary contact for each resident will receive regular communication by SMS. Primary contacts are to notify other family members and friends.

    We continue to liaise with SA Health and the Australian Department of Health and will update the website with the latest information as soon as possible.

    We appreciate your understanding and support during this difficult time.

    On 6 January 2022, Resthaven was notified that a personal carer who worked at Resthaven Port Elliot on 3 January 2022, has returned a positive COVID-19 result. Close contacts have been identified and will be tested.

    As a result, we have initiated our COVID-19 outbreak management plan, all residents will remain in their rooms with additional PPE in place, extra support and regular monitoring. Testing of all residents will be arranged once we receive directions from SA Health. The site is now closed to visiting and residents are also unable to leave the home.

    The primary contact for each resident will receive regular communication by SMS. Primary resident contacts are to notify other family members and friends. Where a resident is identified as a close contact, we will advise primary contacts directly, and will notify them of test results as they are made available to us.

    We ask for your support by limiting your contact with the site, in particular today, whilst staff are managing this situation.

    All Resthaven Port Elliot staff and volunteers, and 92% of residents, are fully vaccinated, and 58% of residents have received a booster vaccine.

    We continue to liaise with SA Health and the Australian Department of Health and will update the website with information as soon as possible.

    Resthaven appreciates your understanding and support during this difficult time.

    More information is available at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDpositive

    For the latest public advice, call the SA Health Coronavirus Information line 1800 253 787

     

    We are pleased to advise that all COVID-19 tests have now returned negative results, and we are able to recommence some visiting from 10am today for visitors who meet all existing entry requirements.

    However, whilst South Australia continues to have a high level of community transmission of COVID-19, visiting hours and times will be restricted to one visit by a maximum of two people, per resident, per day.

    Visiting times are now as follows:

    Monday to Friday 10am until 12 noon, and 2pm until 4pm

    Weekends and public holidays from 1pm until 5pm

    Alternative ways to connect with your family member through video or telephone calls can be arranged. Please contact the site directly and speak with the Lifestyle Coordinator to make a booking.

    Residents are free to move around the facility, with social distancing enforced. We strongly encourage residents not to leave the site, due to the risk of exposure in the community. However, if a resident does go out, they should wear a mask at all times, ensure to practice social distancing and regular use of hand sanitiser.

    Resthaven has appreciated the lovely messages of support from families and friends over the last two weeks. Thank you.


     

     

    In an abundance of caution, due to high risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and a number of residents and staff who have family and household members that are considered close contacts, we have made the difficult decision to close the Port Elliot site to visitors effectively immediately. Residents are also strongly advised not to leave the site.

    At this stage, residents are not restricted to their rooms, and are free to move about the site in common areas, with social distancing enforced. However, this may change should there be an identified close contact at the site.

    We understand this will be disappointing for many people who are planning to visit their family members over the long weekend and are very sorry for this.

    We will provide another update via SMS, as soon as we can, if there are any changes. Thank you for your support in keeping our community safe.