Update on our response to COVID-19
As part of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Centacare continues to monitor the development of COVID-19. We continue to follow advice from public health authorities and are taking all reasonable and appropriate steps to support the safety, health and wellbeing of our clients, employees and volunteers.
As the situation develops we will continue to update all clients, families and stakeholders of changes to our operations.
COVID-19 Update 10 – Changes to SIL visitor arrangements
22 August 2020
The Queensland Government has put in place new restrictions in some local government areas in South East Queensland.
Centacare has implemented these 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 as scheduled, with rigorous COVID Safe plans in place. Read more about this change here.
COVID-19 Update 9 – Changes to SIL visitor arrangements
4 August 2020
There are currently 12 known cases of COVID-19 in Queensland. To help protect the safety of our clients and staff, we have made the decision to restrict visitors to all Supported Independent Living (SIL) houses in Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Redland City, Gold Coast City and Scenic Rim Regional Local Government Areas 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. This change is effective 3 August and will be reviewed in line with advice from Queensland Health. Read more about this change here.
COVID-19 Update 8 – Changes to SIL visitor arrangements
30 July 2020
In response to the presence of positive COVID-19 cases in the Brisbane area, we have made the decision to restrict visitors to our Supported Independent Living (SIL) houses located south of the Brisbane River 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. This change is effective immediately and will be reviewed in line with advice from Queensland Health. Read more about this change here.
COVID-19 Update 7 – Continued reintroduction of group services
17 July 2020
In line with the easing of government restrictions, we continue to gradually reintroduce our services in a way that is safe for our clients and staff. The past months have been an incredibly challenging time in our community and we thank you for your understanding, flexibility and the trust you have placed in Centacare to support you safely during this time. Read more about the current status of our services here.
COVID-19 Update 6 – Return to centre and community-based group activities
5 June 2020
In line with the easing of some government restrictions, we have developed a plan to gradually recommence some centre and community-based group activities. Services will recommence slowly over the coming months in a way that is safe for our clients and staff. We understand not everyone will feel the same way about resuming group services and will consult with our clients on an individual basis to ensure they are supported in a way that meets their needs and goals and keeps them safe. Read more about the changes here.
COVID-19 Update 5 – Community access for SIL clients
5 May 2020
In line with the easing of some government restrictions, we can now support clients living in our Supported Independent Living (SIL) services to access certain activities and outings in the community. Support workers can accompany clients to go to the park, go for a walk, have a picnic and shop for non-essential items. In addition, SIL clients will be able to receive visits from two family members at one time. Read more about the changes here.
COVID-19 Update 4 – Support available for aged care clients during COVID-19
24 April 2020
We understand that older Australians, and those with existing health conditions, are feeling particularly vulnerable due to the impact of COVID-19. Centacare remains open for business, to ensure our aged care clients receive all the support they need to live well and independently in their own homes. Read more about all the ways we can support you during this time here.
COVID-19 Update 3 – Centacare Family and Relationship Services
20 April 2020
In response to social distancing requirements wherever possible, Centacare Family and Relationship Services will be providing support by phone from 8th April 2020, until further notice. For more information on these changes click here.
COVID-19 Update 2 – Centacare Community Services
8 April 2020
In line with additional government measures limiting non-essential and essential gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19 Centacare has implemented a number of changes to the way we operate Supported Independent Living (SIL) services. Effective Wednesday 8 April the type and number of visitors to SIL homes has been restricted. For full details on these changes click here.
COVID-19 Update 1 – Centacare Community Services
19 March 2020
In line with government advice to limit contact between people as an important way to minimise the spread of COVID-19, a number of changes will be made to Centacare services, effective Monday 23 March. These changes primarily affect Centacare’s group programs both in centres and out in the community. For full information on these changes click here.
For more information about Centacare’s response to COVID-19 please contact 1300 236 822.
Follow updates from public health authorities