On the basis of revised advice from NSW Health, residents can now receive visitors on the following basis:
The following people are excluded:
- Anyone with a fever 37.5°C or higher, or cold or flu-like symptoms, even mild
- Anyone who has been in any of the COVID-19 case locations in Australia in the previous 14 days (see listed on the NSW Government website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-newsand-updates)
People who are not excluded under item 1 above can visit on the following basis:
- Visiting hours are between 9.00am and 5.30pm.
- Having their temperature and health status checked.
- Each resident may have no more than 2 visitors per day.
- We suggest limiting visits to 1 hour in the current circumstances and to take place outdoors if possible.
- If visits must be indoors, they must be in the resident’s room.
- No visitors in any common areas or dining rooms.
- Children can visit, but they must be under adult supervision at all times during the visit.
- Social distancing needs to be maintained when you visit.
You will be asked to register using a simple QR code. In case of an outbreak we have been told to have quick electronic access to who has been in any facility and QR codes are the simplest option. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can use our devices to log in.
Ongoing Review: OLOC will continue to closely monitor and update this policy as updated advice becomes available.
This policy was updated Thursday 6th May 2021
Dear resident or relative,
Roll out of COVID Vaccines
We are pleased to advise that we have now been provided with the dates for the Covid-19 vaccinations of OLOC residents.
OLOC Nursing Home (St Anthony’s, St Clare, St Francis and St Joseph’s):
- 1st dose Thursday 15 April 2021
- 2nd dose Thursday 6 May 2021
OLOC Hostel (Alverna, Assunta and St Helen’s):
- 1st dose Saturday 17 April 2021
- 2nd dose Saturday 8 May 2021.
The Pfizer (Comirnaty) vaccine will be administered to all consenting residents by the visiting Commonwealth Vaccination Team.
We are advised that the reason the Nursing Home and the Hostel residents are being done on different days is to assist the visiting Commonwealth Vaccination Team to manage the high number of residents we have on our large site. I am sure that you will appreciate that this is a significant organisational feat on these four days.
As you know, to receive the vaccine each resident needs to sign a consent form that confirms that they want to be vaccinated. Of course if a resident is not able to make an informed choice then their primary contact person will need to sign the consent form on their behalf.
In preparation, our facility managers have been distributing and receiving completed consent forms over the past few weeks. Please remember that the vaccination process is voluntary and if a resident or family representative has any concerns they should discuss those concerns with their general practitioner before making a decision.
If you are a resident and you wish to receive the Covid-19 vaccination and are yet to complete and return the consent form to your Facility Manager, please do so as soon as possible.
Once again I am including a link to the latest information provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health.
There are two key documents on the webpage:
- COVID-19 vaccination – Information for residents in residential aged facilities and their families, representatives and carers
- COVID-19 vaccination – Frequently Asked Questions for the COVID-19 vaccines in residential aged care
If you have any questions about this letter you can raise them with your facility manager, with Peter Squire on 9832 5406 or with Jenny Fahy on 9832 5418.
Chief Executive Officer
23 March 2021