Wednesday 5th August 2020.

Updates as of Monday 3rd August 2020 – Victorian Chief Health Officer & Department of Health and Human Services Victoria.

To address the continuing high number of positive COVID-19 in Victoria, as of 6pm on Sunday 2nd August until Sunday 13th September, Victoria has entered a State of Disaster.

  • Melbourne has moved to stage 4 restrictions which apply to all people living in the Melbourne metropolitan area (but not Mitchell Shire)

Stage 4 Shires include: Banyule, Hume, Bayside, Casey, Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia, Darebin, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Manningham, Port Phillip, Maribynong, Stonnington, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Frankston, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges, Hobsons Bay.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) also strongly discourages travel to and from those areas.

For regional Victoria (which includes the Shire of Baw Baw )

  • Stage 3 restrictions will be in place from 11.59pm on Wednesday 5th August (including Mitchell Shire)
  • Stay at Home restrictions apply
  • Everyone must wear a face mask when they leave home. This is enforceable across regional Victoria as of Sunday 2nd August.

In response to the current status of COVID-19, Fairview management in consultation with residents, have decided that to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community and ensure the safety of residents, will implement restricted entry into the Residential Aged Care Facility until further notice.

During this time, alternative arrangements will be made for family members/loved ones of residents who are palliating, residents who require emotional and social support that cannot be delivered via electronic or non-contact means, or in the case of an emergency situation. Please speak with the Fairview Nurse Manager or the Systems Manager for further information.

Residents are also advised not to venture outside of the Residential Aged Care Facility until further notice, with the exception being to attend urgent/emergency medical appointments only.

This decision has not been made lightly. Fairview wishes to advise that communication strategies will remain in place to keep families/loved one’s and residents connected during this time.

Many residents already have communication devices and use them very effectively and independently however, if you require assistance or do not have your own device we will be able to provide additional assistance as required. Window visits can be arranged as well as facetime, video calls, telephone calls, email and letter writing.

If you require assistance to take up any of the above options please contact the Fairview Lifestyle Manager who will be able to assist you with this process and develop an individual plan based on individual needs, wishes and requirements.

The Lifestyle Department and all staff will endeavour to support communication processes between residents and their loved ones as well as keeping residents engaged in daily life and lifestyle activities.

Please be assured that Fairview will do as much as it is reasonably possible to enable communication between residents and their loved ones during this challenging time.

We all must remember that during this COVID-19 pandemic, elderly people remain the most vulnerable cohort. We continue to encourage all residents both in the Village and Hostel continue to remain vigilant. Please continue to adhere to social distancing rules, and continue to apply hand washing and other infection control strategies to remain safe and well.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Stage 3 restrictions will be in place for regional Victoria (including the Shire of Baw Baw) from 11.59pm on Wednesday 5th August

  • Stay at Home restrictions apply. There are only four reasons that you can leave home.

– To shop for food and essential goods or services.

– To provide care for compassionate reasons or to seek medical treatment.

– To exercise or for outdoor recreation with your household, or one other person.

– For work or study, if you can’t do it from home.

  • You may no longer have visitors to your home or visit other people in their homes.
  • Everyone must wear a face mask when they leave home. This is enforceable across regional Victoria as of Sunday 2nd August.

Due to the current status of Covid-19 and Stage 3 restrictions, Fairview management recommends that Village residents:

  • Stay home.
  • Do not go out into the community unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • Wear a face mask at all times when outside of your home.
  • Continue to apply social distancing rules.
  • Wash your hands regularly and cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. 
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms such as a dry cough, breathlessness, runny nose, temperature, then get tested
  • If you get tested for COVID-19. Please contact Fairview inform us of this testing.

If you require any assistance with shopping services during this time please contact our Community Care Manager who will be able to assist.

All Fairview staff when inside the Residential Aged Care Facility (and out in the Village) will also be wearing face masks as a precautionary infection control measure. This also includes Fairview maintenance staff. If there is any need for them to enter your unit or apartment, maintenance staff will be required to take your temperature. If you are displaying any flu like symptoms or have a temperature over 37.5°C maintenance staff will not enter.

Fairview has also advised all external contractors who are required to come onsite at Fairview, to address urgent maintenance matters only, during this period of time, to wear a face mask.

More information on current restrictions and how to stay safe can be viewed on the DHHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

  • The Village Centre will continue to remain closed for the time being.

Whilst we do our best to ensure residents and family members/loved ones are kept informed of accurate, up to date information, as soon as is reasonably possible, please note that the above may be subject to change as a result of changes to State Government and/or Industry rules and regulations by which we are guided.

Our sincere thanks to all residents, staff, family members and the Warragul and surrounds community for your ongoing support and understanding during these challenging times. We are all in this together as we all strive to remain safe and well.

If you have any further queries or concerns please email Fairview at: reception@fairviewvillage.com.au

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