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Lavender Cottage is a secure day centre for people with dementia, located within the Selwyn Village grounds in Point Chevalier

Day Centre Clients

31 May 2022

The Anchorage reopens from Wednesday, 1 June 2022

The Anchorage will be able to open again from tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 June 2022. As with our reopening in early May, we will invite individuals back in smaller numbers of six fully vaccinated clients a day, with a view to gradually welcoming more people over the next few weeks until we can reopen to everyone.

Our Anchorage team is the process of ringing family members to discuss particular needs and circumstances. If families are able to continue managing at home for the time being, we would encourage you to keep your loved one in their home environment until we can fully reopen.

Our infection prevention and control procedures will be as previously advised. For those clients returning, we will call families each morning prior to the client leaving home to check that they are well, that they have no COVID/flu-like symptoms, and that neither they nor any members of their household have had contact with anyone who is unwell with COVID. Clients will only be able to attend the centre based on the responses to this pre-screening call.

We will continue to offer a limited minivan service for those who have no other form of transport, with only four clients to be collected at any one time. If possible, we would ask that you drop off your family member in your own vehicle to avoid them coming into close contact with others in the minivan.

When clients arrive at The Anchorage, they will need to complete a rapid antigen test (RAT), with a staff member conducting the test in a designated outdoor area (our staff also undergo a RAT before they start work each day). We would ask that families stay with their loved one for the 20-25 minutes of testing. If the test proves positive, the client will need to return home unfortunately in order to complete their required isolation period and until they return a negative test result.

Clients are to attend in their ‘same day bubble’, and everyone should be fully vaccinated (including having had the booster).

We are very pleased to be able to reopen so quickly and would like to thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact our Anchorage supervisor, Savita Kiran, at Savita.kiran@selwynfoundation.org.nz.

23 May 2022

Temporary closure of The Anchorage to prevent COVID-19 transmission

Our daily pre-screening calls this morning alerted us to the fact that two of our clients who attended the centre last week unfortunately tested positive for COVID over the weekend. We have therefore closed the centre with immediate effect, in order to prevent any further risk of transmission to our other clients or staff.

We hope that this will be for a short period only. We will be closed for the remainder of this week and into early next week, with the possibility of re-opening next Wednesday (1 June). We will of course notify clients in advance of any changes to our existing health and safety protocols to minimise any further risk as much as possible.

It is understandable that you will be concerned for the wellness of your loved one at this news. If your family member attended The Anchorage last week, please be watchful for any flu-like symptoms that might develop. If they appear to show signs of any respiratory-type illness, we recommend that they undertake a rapid antigen test and self-isolate for the appropriate period if a positive result is received.

We apologise for this short notice and for the inconvenience that the immediate closure of The Anchorage may cause. We hope that it is a temporary situation only and that we will be able to welcome everyone back again at some point next week.