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COVID-19 Extra Precaution Update

At SACARE protecting our clients and staff is our upmost priority. We are taking on all the safety precautions and recommendations from the Department of Health and the WHO. Social distancing is one of the key measures currently being utilised in Australia to severely limit transmission of COVID-19. Social distancing will reduce the burden of disease in the community, and importantly, will ensure healthcare capacity is not overwhelmed at any given time. The health sector must continue to undertake its core functions, as well as maintain the capacity to support those with COVID-19 who require more intensive care.

In order to continue protecting the health and safety of our clients and staff we ask that you do not visit our supported accommodation:

  • If you have recently returned from overseas in the past month, or had contact with someone who has recently returned from overseas
  • If you have been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • If you have been experiencing cold-like symptoms (i.e. fever, coughing, respiratory difficulties)
  •                                                                                                                                                                           Our supported accommodations are also taking extra precautions when it comes to visits. These include:

  • Making sure all visits are kept short to avoid further exposure
  • Momentarily allowing no more than two visitors at a time to limit the risk
  • No visiting will be held in communal areas, therefore all visits will occur in resident’s room, outdoors, or in a specific area they designate
  • Ensuring there are no large group visits, including social activities or entertainment
  • All children under 16 years of age are not permitted to enter our supported accommodation, unless under exceptional circumstances
  • These interventions may need to continue for more than 6 months and must be feasible and sustainable. The application of extraordinary measures for a short term (for a period of four weeks) will only defer the increase in cases and will not achieve long term flattening of the curve or, ultimately, save lives.

    If you cannot visit your family and friends in our supported accommodation:

    If you, unfortunately, cannot visit your family and friends in our supported accommodation because you do not meet the criteria, it’s important to keep in touch. Make phone or video calls, send photos, artwork or film short videos to share. Staying connected with friends and family is essential in this difficult time. Please keep up to date with our website as we are designing ways to keep you in contact with everyone if you are unable to visit personally.

    For more information and regular updates

    A National Campaign has been launched to inform all Australians about the coronavirus. Please check this site for regular updates

    For anyone who is unwell and/or has been exposed to the Coronavirus and been in contact with an SACARE staff member or client, please advise us urgently by emailing or contact us on 1300 145 636.