COVID-19 update: ongoing precautions when visiting Selwyn care homes
As New Zealand transitions from an emergency pandemic response to treating COVID-19 as another infectious disease to be controlled, we wish to clarify our current infection prevention procedures for visitors to our care homes.
We will be continuing with all our existing precautions and processes for minimising any potential risk of COVID entering our care environments. There are no changes to our current protocols for visitors and staff, with masks and RAT testing continuing to be important measures in preventing transmission of the virus. While you may notice members of staff walking around the village without a mask, anyone entering the residential care setting will be required to ‘mask-up’. Visitors and staff will also need to RAT test before entering the care homes (staff before starting each shift).
The above also applies to visiting health professionals, contractors, volunteers, external providers, etc, who must complete a RAT and wear a mask if they are entering one of the care homes.
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, not visit the village and to take a RAT as soon as possible.
This update follows a recent review of all our infection prevention and control practices by The Selwyn Foundation’s Clinical Governance Committee. As COVID-19 is now always present within the wider community, we would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance in helping to maintain a safe environment for our vulnerable residents.