COVID-19 update: changes to our infection prevention and control measures
As New Zealand transitions from an emergency pandemic response to treating COVID-19 as another infectious disease to be controlled, our Clinical Governance Committee has reviewed the various infection prevention and control practices in place around the village and considered whether these now need to be modified. Consequently, we are introducing a few changes and easing a number of current restrictions, as follows:
- Independent living residents and resident services/village staff no longer need to wear masks when around the village, unless they wish to as a matter of personal choice. (However, anyone entering a care home will be required to ‘mask-up’ and take a RAT test.)
- Residents no longer need to do a RAT test before using the exercise/gym spaces. The current RAT testing area in the gym will be returned to the physio treatment room.
- Our staff will continue to take a RAT test before starting each shift, but this can be done at home before coming to work or immediately on arrival at work. We will rely on people to do the right thing and to be diligent in self-testing and reporting any positive results.
- The sales process and procedures for apartment viewings/village tours will revert to normal (pre-COVID) practice, with RAT testing no longer required for those coming to view an apartment. The Sales team will monitor and advise individuals of the need to stay home if feeling unwell.
- Chapel services can return to normal (with the exception of sharing the common cup for Eucharist).
- Masks and RAT testing will continue for our residential care staff and for visitors to the care homes. These controls also apply to visiting health professionals, contractors, volunteers, external providers, etc, if they are entering a care home.
- We encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant about their own health; anyone starting to develop cold or flu symptoms is requested to stay at home, take a RAT as soon as possible and notify us if they have contracted the virus.
As COVID-19 is now unfortunately present within the wider community, we would like to thank everyone in advance for their cooperation and assistance in helping us maintain a safe village environment.