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COVID Update: Protocols at SACARE Nov 17

In light of the new SA community COVID-19 transmissions, SACARE is taking this opportunity to be proactive and preventative in responding to these changes.

SACARE had an outbreak management plan in place since early 2020 and we are closely observing all recommendations from SA Health and actively enforcing best practice measures across SACARE accommodations. 


As such, we have implemented the following across our Service Delivery effective November 16, 2020. 

Community Services:

  • Purchase of additional PPE as required
  • Increased Clinical services support

The Gums:

  • Restrictions on access to the site by all external providers and families
  • Implementation of additional cleaning  measures throughout the day with emphasis on “high touch” surfaces
  • Restrictions on staff rotation from the Gums to other sites and the community
  • Stringent temperature checking and completion of the COVID-SAFE survey by staff prior to entry
  • Entry to each accommodation is at the discretion of the management team, based on assessment of the COVID survey
  • Purchase of additional PPE as required
  • As recommended, staff will be allocated to one supported accommodation. 
  • Clients living in our accommodation will be unable to leave and enter the community during this time, unless it's for essential medical or health related purposes.
  • Increased Clinical services support 

All other SACARE Accommodation:

  • Restrictions on access to the site for all external providers
  • Visitor restrictions re-introduced at facilities: 2 visitors per client per day for an hour at a time. 
  • Stringent temperature checking and completion of the COVID-SAFE survey by all visitors and staff prior to entry
  • Entry to each accommodation is at the discretion of the team, based on assessment of the COVID survey
  • Implementation of additional cleaning measures throughout the day with emphasis on “high touch” surfaces
  • Purchase of additional PPE as required
  • As recommended, staff will be allocated to one supported accommodation. 
  • Clients living in our accommodation will be unable to leave and enter the community during this time, unless it's for essential medical or health related purposes.
  • Increased Clinical services  support 
Please remember that updates to all of the above will occur as measures are reviewed and implemented by SA Health and other relevant Health authorities.

To overcome the isolation of clients and ensure mental wellbeing is prioritised, we will work together with clients and families to ensure that everyone has the ability to communicate through technology such as FaceTime, Zoom, telephone and email.  We will also continue to provide lifestyle activities across the organisation to ensure the clients are sufficiently engaged. 

Please contact the individual SACARE manager to discuss any concerns or queries you may have. Regularly updated information is available on the SA Health website here.