Aged Care visitation summary from the PM

Aged Care visitation summary from the PM

Addressing media on Wednesday morning 18 March 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the following visitors and staff will not be permitted to enter an aged care facility:

  • People who have returned from overseas in the last 14 days
  • Those who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Those with fever or symptoms or acute respiratory infection and symptoms
  • Those who have not been vaccinated against influenza after the 1st of May
Mr Morrison said facilities must reduce the risk of transmission to residents, including limiting visits to a short periods and a maximum of two visitors at one time per day.  These may be immediate social supports, family members, close friends or professional service or advocacy workers.
"Visits should be conducted in a resident's room, outdoors or in a specific area designated by the facility, rather than communal areas where the risk of transmission to other residents is greater," he said.
"There should be no large group visits or gatherings.  Including social activities or entertainment to be permitted at this time."
Morrison added all Australians should also practice social distancing when visiting.
Children under 16 are only allowed to visit by exception and those in palliative care will be considered differently.  "In those cases, we all know how distressing that can be and so the aged care facilities will be asked to put in place sensible arrangements to facilitate those types of visits on a compassionate basis."
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