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Embracia Reservoir – Gradual down grades

October 15, 2021

Dear Residents and Families,

RE: Embracia Reservoir – Gradual down grades

We are pleased to inform you that we have received the results from the testing conducted on the 12th October and they are all NEGATIVE for both residents and staff.

Therefore, we have been advised Harmony, Peace and Happiness households have been downgraded to green zones. This means that all residents in these households may move about and socialise within their households. We have also just received advice from DHHS that the green households “are able to have visitors within the current guidelines for a non-outbreak setting”. That is, visitation is restricted to only visitors who are required to provide physical and emotional support to the residents.

The current Care Facilities Directions state:

8)    “Subject to subclause (9), a person may enter, or remain on, the premises of the care facility if:

(a)       the person’s presence at the facility is for the purposes of providing care and support for the resident’s physical or emotional wellbeing (including mental health support and support for people living with dementia); or

Note: this may include a person who is visiting to prevent harm to a person’s mental or emotional health due to social isolation. “

The usual screening is required before entry into the home is permitted. Entry is from the Glasgow Avenue entrance only. Residents in Love and Joy households are required to remain in lockdown a little longer. We will let you know when DHHS advise those households may be downgraded. We expect Joy to turn green next and finally the Love household.

We are saddened to share that a resident in our Love household has passed away peacefully. They had tested positive 14 days ago and they were generally stable throughout their battle with the virus. The doctors and nursing staff had been attending to their needs every day to ensure they receive quality clinical care. We send our love and prayers to their family at this time of loss.

On a good news front, yesterday we found out that the Commonwealth will be funding the use of rapid antigen testing in health care and other essential work settings in high risk LGA’s.  Both Moonee Valley and Darebin Councils have been nominated as high risk, therefore we have acted swiftly and applied to be part of this testing.  What does this mean for you?  This will mean our staff, visitors and contractors can be tested before each shift or entering our home.  This test takes around 15 minutes for results and will be part of our new procedure to enter our home.  We will know quickly if people are positive or negative, keeping our home safer and hopefully preventing any further lockdowns.  We will let you know when we get approved, and rapid antigen testing begins.

We thank you all as our Embracia community for your love, prayers and support to our staff and residents through this very challenging time.  We again thank our staff for their tireless, caring work and their absolute professionalism to their craft.

Stay safe.

Kind regards

Sarah MacKenzie
Managing Director

Damien Lippiatt
COO

Camille Gordon
General Manager

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