Living with COVID-19

CEO Update – 14:00 25 May 2022 

 

Kalyra Aged Care Facilities

Influenza Update

A new Emergency Direction has come into effect this week – Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 49) (COVID-19) Direction 2022.  The change to the Direction is to provide a transition period at Clause 6(b), with the new requirement being:

  • From 10 June 2022 a person must not enter or remain on the premises of a residential aged care facility unless they have received the 2022 seasonal influenza vaccination.
From today, amendments to the Public Health Act have been enacted that have enabled the Major Emergency Declaration to be lifted while ensuring important public health measures are retained. Under the amendments to the Public Health Act, existing requirements currently listed in the Emergency Direction will transition over to the Act and continue to apply without any changes.

 

Visiting Kalyra Aged Care Facilities

Kalyra Belair Aged Care Facility  – Exposure

A resident in Rosella has tested positive for COVID-19 this morning.  The resident has mild symptoms and is in isolation.

Contact tracing is underway to identity those residents that may have had close contact with this resident.  Residents that have had COVID-19 in the last three months will not be treated as close contacts and will not be required to undergo surveillance testing.

In accordance with SA Health guidelines, all residents at Kalyra Belair will undertake an initial PCR test with Clinpath tomorrow morning.  Subsequent testing of residents will be limited to Rosella if no other residents in other areas return a positive test.

Residents will be asked to remain in their rooms until we have received the initial results after which, only residents that are an identified close contact will need to quarantine for 7 days whilst they are on the premises of the RACF and not participate in group activities with other residents. Residents will be able to leave the facility during their period of quarantine to attend the community, during this time they must adhere to the general community requirements for close contacts. In addition, residents who are close contacts may continue to receive visitors while they quarantine in the RACF.

Visitors are reminded that, as a High Risk Setting, those that have had COVID or are close contacts of a positive case cannot attend a RACF for 14 days from their positive test date or, for a Close Contact, the date of their last exposure to the positive case and are not permitted to enter.  QR codes also remain in place for High Risk Settings.

We are also asking that everyone entering the home to have a Rapid Antigen Test.  Stations are set up at Reception for this purpose.
Residents who leave the home may also be required to have a Rapid Antigen Test when they return.

 

Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care and Kalyra McLaren Vale Aged Care

All units at Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care and Kalyra McLaren Vale Aged Care are open to visiting.

Visitors are reminded of the need to comply with the Emergency Directions including vaccinations, temperature checking, and good use of masks. Click here for the latest SA Health Information for Visitors to Residential Aged Care.

Please remember that as a High Risk Setting, those that have had COVID or are close contacts of a positive case cannot attend a RACF for 14 days from their positive test date or, for a Close Contact, the date of their last exposure to the positive case are not permitted to enter.  QR codes also remain in place for High Risk Settings.We are also asking that everyone entering the home to have a Rapid Antigen Test.  Stations are set up at Reception for this purpose.
Out of hours visits can be arranged through the Care Manager.

As advised previously, you no longer need to pre-book visits to visit our residents. The booking system will remain operational on the website in case it is needed in future.

 

Close Contact Definitions and Impact on Residential Aged Care

According to latest SA Health Guidelines, all residents identified as close contact must immediately quarantine for 7 days whilst they are on the premises of the RACF and not participate in group activities with other residents. Residents will be able to leave the facility during their period of quarantine to attend the community, during this time they must adhere to the general community requirements for close contacts. In addition, residents who are close contacts may continue to receive visitors while they quarantine in the RACF.

 

A change in Living with COVID for Residents going out and about

Residents who leave the facilities for a day to attend a medical appointment will have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on day two of their return

Residents who leave to go to family/social gatherings such as weddings and funerals and return the same day or residents who go on longer social leave will have a RAT on day 2 and 6 after they return. These residents will be required to quarantine until they receive a negative day 2 test result.

If a resident becomes symptomatic they will have immediate PCR test and quarantine until cleared.

Please refer to factsheet for more information.

 

What’s happening in Kalyra Retirement Villages?

From Tuesday, 19 April 2022 the following changes to current COVID restrictions at Kalyra Retirement Villages were made in line with the changes in Directions.

1. QR code check-ins and the QR signage are no longer required and have been removed

2. For masks in our Community settings:

      • In an abundance of caution, staff and contractors will continue to wear masks in line with current protocols.
      • Masks are recommended but optional for residents and their visitors.

 

What about Help at Home Services?

Help at Home services continue.  Please advise your coordinator if you are unwell or waiting on COVID test result. So far, staffing has had limited impact .  We will keep you informed.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please email info@kalyra.org.au and include resident’s name, room number (if possible) and site.

 

 

Kalyra Belair visiting can be booked here: https://kalyra.org.au/belair-visitor-booking/

Kalyra Woodcroft visiting can be booked here: https://kalyra.org.au/woodcroft-visitor-booking/

Kalyra McLaren Vale visiting can be booked here: https://kalyra.org.au/mclaren-vale-visitor-booking/