On 22 August, in response to a number of new positive COVID-19 test results, the Queensland Government put in place new restrictions in some local government areas in South East Queensland.
Centacare has implemented these new restrictions in our supported living environments. We are continuing to provide other services including in-home support and group activities for older people and people with a disability, with rigorous COVID Safe plans in place.
In line with the Queensland Government’s Disability Accommodation Services Direction, visitors to all Supported Independent Living (SIL) houses in Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Scenic Rim Regional, Moreton Bay and Redland City Local Government Areas are restricted to essential visitors only. Essential visitors include Centacare support workers (who are continuing with their shifts as per normal) and other essential health care workers and service staff.
This change is effective 22 August and will be reviewed in line with advice from Queensland Health.
We know visits and regular contact are important to our clients and families and we will continue to support them to connect with each other via phone and video conferencing, wherever possible
In-home and group services
We are continuing to provide our in-home, community and centre-based support services for aged care and disability clients, in line with government directions. There have been some changes to group activities at our Aishling centre.
When providing services, our number one priority is protecting the health and safety of the clients we support as well as that of our team members. We continue to employ strict infection control, hygiene and social distancing protocols, which includes an enhanced level and frequency of cleaning when carrying out in-home services.
We continue to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where required, in line with advice from public health authorities.
On advice from Jeanette Young, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, we are also encouraging all employees and clients to be extra vigilant in regard to social distancing in the community at this time. This will also be reflected in our planning for all our community-based group and one-on-one activities.
We will continue to monitor the evolving situation closely and provide regular updates about any actions we need to take to protect the safety and wellbeing our clients and employees.
You can access the latest information and advice about COVID-19 from the Queensland Government and Australian Government.
Please contact us on 1300 236 822.
You can access the latest information and advice about COVID-19 from the Queensland Government .