Don’t let rising COVID numbers stop essential visitors
Older Persons Advocacy Network received 70 calls nationally in April around visitation issues. This is is despite revisions to the Industry Code for Visiting Aged Care Homes, which ensures residents always have access to at least one visitor – even during lockdowns – this has seen a small but significant decline in visitation issues nationally.
With the onset of winter, along with an expected rise in COVID-19 and influenza cases, OPAN is concerned hard fought for gains will be eroded. “Visitation, quality of care, workforce and isolation are still the key areas of concern,” said OPAN CEO Craig Gear.
“Some residential aged care facilities are asking residents to isolate themselves if they leave the facility. “There have also been reports of aged care facilities returning to, or continuing to limit visitation hours, making it difficult for people who work to see their loved ones.
“We’d like a commitment from the incoming government to legislatively adopt the revised visiting code, including mandating its Essential Visitors provisions, which provide critically important provisions for social contact.”
Chat with us on 1800 700 600 if you have issues receiving visitors in your aged care home.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission may take regulatory action where access for Essential Visitors is not adequately supported.