Queensland aged care provider Carinity has implemented new screening and access restrictions including temperature checks for staff and visitors.

Carinty CEO Jon Campbell is urging the community to assist with controlling the spread of Coronavirus by adhering to Carinity’s strict virus control measures.

Jon Campbell

“Given the rapid spread of COVID-19 and with older people being particularly vulnerable to the virus, we have taken additional measures to protect our residents,” Mr Campbell said.

Many of the measures already implemented pre-date official government directives announced on 18 March, he said.

As of 17 March, all staff and visitors to Carinity sites must submit to infrared temperature checks before entering buildings with entry restricted to immediate family members only, such as the spouse and children of the resident.

“Visiting hours have been restricted to two hours per day, seven days per week, with visits to take place only in the resident’s room and for short durations,” Mr Campbell said.

Visitors to Carinty are advised to avoid physical contact with residents and keep 1.5 metres distance between them and any other person when speaking with them.

“Visitors are required to avoid communal spaces, like dining areas, and thoroughly wash hands with antibacterial soap before and after visiting our homes,” Mr Campbell said.

“Residents should not be taken out of the facility as this will increase the risk of their infection and place other residents at increased risk.”

The coronavirus is a serious challenge for the community but if everybody works together they can help minimise the impact on everyone’s health,” Mr Campbell said. 

“It is our utmost priority to reduce the risk to the health and safety of our staff and vulnerable residents.”

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