Prestige has taken many steps to safeguard our clients and staff, and have the capability and capacity to safely provide assistance to you or your loved one. Call 1300 10 30 10.

Coronavirus Updates

At Prestige, the safety and care of all our clients and employees is paramount, and we are committed to working with you or your loved one to safeguard against health risks. We are regularly following the advice of Federal and State health authorities in regard to this situation. We are also monitoring any health issues alerts that provide warning on disease outbreaks. Furthermore, we will ensure that our carers practise good hand hygiene, wear masks and as far as possible, adhere to 1.5m physical distancing.

Victoria Lockdown Rules Ease

The Victorian government has announced the short circuit lockdown rules will ease on Thursday, 17 of June at 11.59pm.

What are the new rules for Melbourne? 

  • Face masks will be no longer required outside but you must carry one with you to be worn in indoor spaces such as shops, trains, shared vehicles and where it is impossible to social distance.
  • The current 25km rule will be lifted.
  • Internal travel restrictions will be removed in Melbourne. City residents can travel into regions.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 people only.
  • Two visitors will be allowed in a home per day.

There will be no visits to residential aged care facilities state-wide, unless it is for end-of-life visits.

All businesses can now re-open such as gyms and indoor entertainment venues. The number of people visiting religious, hospitality and entertainment facilities will increase.

In addition, restrictions in regional Victoria will ease. These include public gatherings of up to 50 people, five visitors to a home per day, funerals can have up to 100 people and religious gatherings will be limited to 300 people.

Click here to view more information about Victoria’s latest Covid-19 restrictions.

Vaccination Program Phase 1b

The Australian government’s Covid-19 vaccination program began in Victoria on 22 February 2021. As part of the national vaccination rollout strategy, Phase 1b starts on Monday 22 March. 

Based on the recommendations by the Australian Technical Advisory Group, those who are eligible for a vaccination under Phase 1b include: 

  • People 70 years and over
  • People 80 years and over
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are 55 years and over
  • Younger people with a specified underlying condition (note, this list includes significant disabilities)
  • Healthcare workers currently employed and not included in Phase 1a
  • Household contacts of quarantine and border workers
  • Critical and high risk workers currently employed 

For more information about eligibility and where you can get your vaccination, click here

Updated news on Covid vaccination

Following the National Cabinet’s meeting on Thursday 22 April, the national Covid-19 vaccine rollout has been recalibrated to align with recent advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). All governments have agreed that:

  • People aged under 50 will receive the Pfizer vaccine
  • People aged 50 and over will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

As part of the recalibrated rollout plan, the AstraZeneca vaccine will be made available to all people aged 50 or over through GP-led Respiratory Clinics and state and territory clinics from 3 May 2021. The AstraZeneca vaccine will be made available to all people aged 50 or over through our network of general practices from 17 May 2021.

The department has produced the attached factsheet and infographics for you and those you are care for, to explain how workers and recipients of in-home and community aged care services can get a Covid-19 vaccination.

Click here for Vaccination Infographic for Inhome Care Workers

Click here for Vaccination Infographic for Inhome Care Recipients 

In summary

In-home and community aged care workers 50 years and over can access an AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a:

  • GP Clinic, GP Respiratory Clinic or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service
  • State and territory AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine clinic
In-home and community aged care workers under 50 can access a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at:
  • A state and territory Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination clinic.
In-home and community aged care workers under 50 can access a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at:
  • A state and territory Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination clinic.

Please note: AstraZeneca can be used in adults aged under 50 years where the benefits are likely to outweigh the risks for that individual, and the person has made an informed decision based on an understanding of the risks and benefits.

  • People who have had the first dose of AstraZeneca without any serious adverse effects can be given the second dose, including adults under 50 years.
  • The Australian government has lifted the pause on the administration of AstraZeneca to eligible people under the age of 50 years who choose to receive this vaccine.

Click here for FAQs on How Carers and Care Recipients Can Get Covid Vaccination

For Victorians

  • Information on how eligible Victorians can access high-volume sites for forward bookings and walk-in appointments is available at the Victorian Government Covid Vaccine Website.
  • Phone bookings are strongly recommended to help ensure people choosing this option can be vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Book an appointment by calling 1800 675 398 – select option 3 – option 2 – option 2.
  • Walk-ins are accepted at these centres. If you walk in, you should be prepared to wait until an immuniser is free to provide you with a vaccine. Walk-ins are only accepted 9am to 4pm each day.
  • The department is publishing expected wait times at the High-volume Vaccination Centres. These wait times will be updated regularly and do not apply if you have an appointment.

For NSW

 

NSW COVIDSafe rules

The NSW government announced on Thursday 17 of June that face masks are mandatory on public transport in Greater Sydney. As of Sunday 20 of June at 4pm, this will include Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Face masks are mandatory in retail shops, supermarkets, theatres, aged care facilities and those who are front-of-house hospitality staff. This applies to the following areas:

  • Bayside
  • Canada Bay
  • Inner West
  • Sydney
  • Randwick
  •  Wacverley
  • Woollahara

The NSW government also recommends people to wear face masks in pub, bars and restaurants. Face masks are not compulsory in schools. 

Updated as of 18 June 2021: The NSW government has identified a cluster of COVID cases in its eastern suburbs. The government has also provided a list of exposure sites on its website. 

It is recommended you regularly check the NSW case locations and see if you need to get tested and self-isolate as the list of venues concerned will be updated as investigations continue. Click here to view the NSW Health website

The NSW Ministry of Health states from 12.01am Monday 17 May, COVIDSafe measures will be relaxed in Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains). 

You can have up to 100 visitors at a time in your home. However, if you have more than 100 people gathering at your home you must have a Covid-19 Safety Plan in place and make it available for inspection if requested. This also applies to holiday homes and short-term rentals. 

Face masks are mandatory in airports and during a domestic commercial flight. The NSW government strongly recommends wearing a mask in places where you cannot physically social distance. For example in public transport and in shops. 

For more information visit the NSW Ministry of Health website

Prestige remains committed to the safety and well being of all our staff and the clients we support. All of our care workers visiting clients’ homes are taking all necessary measures to ensure you stay safe.

This information sheet from the Department of Health explains the steps that aged care workers are taking to protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19).

At Prestige, we continue to follow this advice from the Department of Health and all other government guidelines as part of our ongoing measures to safeguard our clients, staff and community.

Visit the Department of Health’s It’s OK to have in-home care information sheet here

Friendly Reminder from Prestige Inhome Care

If you or any household members have a fever, cold/flu symptoms, or have had contact with any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, please call our office immediately on 1300 10 30 10 to notify us and reschedule services.

National Coronavirus Helpline
1800 020 080

All Prestige clients are urged to read our latest letter on our Coronavirus Response: Click Here

Infection Control

Our nurses and carers are fully trained in infection control and prevention procedures, including good hand hygiene.

All our staff will be screening each client prior to visiting and if a client or member of the household is unwell, we’ll work with our clients to reschedule their care.

We have encouraged all our staff to get the annual flu vaccination and encourage you and your loved ones to get vaccinated to help reduce the spread of influenza.

Prestige has comprehensive infection prevention practices in place and provides personal protective equipment to our employees. We continue to adhere to:

  • performing hand hygiene
  • government requirements in relation to wearing face masks
  • conduct and encourage respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary
  • routinely clean work environments as cleaning is an essential part of disinfection
  • guidelines for the safe support for a person with laundry

all aiding to mitigate the impact of the virus.

At Prestige, we have had one confirmed case of coronavirus with a staff member to date. Thanks to our strict infection control procedures, it has not spread to any of our clients or other staff members. Our staff member is recovering well, but this acts as a reminder of the importance of our infection control and prevention procedures and working together to stop the spread.

PPE

The Department of Health has mandated PPE that must be worn by all health and community care workers across Victoria and areas in New South Wales. Masks must be worn for all staff across Victoria and New South Wales. We have provided all necessary PPE to our care workers, including surgical masks and gloves.

Click on the Download button below to view a handy infosheet from the Department of Health listing six steps you can take and hygiene practice you can follow in your own home to help stop the spread.

The Australian Government has launched a new COVID-19 training program at https://covid-19training.gov.au/. This training is for care workers across all settings, including aged care (both in residential aged care facilities or with visiting carers at home, including cleaners and cooks).

Use of Masks in the Community, Disability and Aged Care Settings

Our staff have been provided with masks and we will continue to do so, until otherwise advised by the Department of Health.

How does a face mask stop the spread of infection?

A face mask acts as a simple barrier to help prevent droplets from travelling into the air, onto surfaces or onto other people when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. COVID-19 can still be spread from an infected person who is asymptomatic. This is why the we are now enforcing everyone to wear one; protecting others from yourself.

How to put on a medical face mask?

  1. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water.
  2. Inspect the mask for tears, holes or damage. Do not wear a mask that has already been worn.
  3. Identify the top of the mask, where there is usually a metal noseband.
  4. Identify the inside of the mask, which is usually white.
  5. Place the mask on your face covering your nose, mouth and chin.
  6. Make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  7. Pinch the metal noseband so that it moulds to the shape of your nose.
  8. Do not touch the front of the mask.
  9. If you accidentally touch the front of your mask, wash your hands.

How to remove a face mask?

  1. Wash your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitiser or soap and water.
  2. Remove the mask from behind your ears or the back of your head.
  3. Do not touch the front of the mask. If you do accidentally, clean your hands.
  4. Lean forward and pull the mask from your face.
  5. Medical masks are made for single use only. Put the used mask in the bin.

Medical face masks should be thrown out if they become wet, soiled or damaged.

If you are wearing a cloth mask you should wash your mask in hot water every day, but if your mask is clean and remains dry, you can store it in a clean, resealable plastic bag.

It’s Safe to Have Close Contact Home Care

Prestige continues to receive updates on resources and advice from the Federal and State health authorities.  It is vital we safeguard our providers of in-home care in order to minimise infection-related risks. As information is provided we constantly share it with our employees so they can provide the best care for you or your loved one.

The Australian Government has a prepared information sheet for recipients of home care services. It outlines that we must implement standard and transmission‑based precautions to prevent and control infection, advice on preparing equipment, cleaning and working with recipients in care.

We are clearly communicating to our staff that monitoring their own health will help ensure our clients are protected and safe, and frequently notifying them of any change to processes and priorities.

To access the Government information sheet for health care face to faceClick Here 

Coronavirus Overview

Prestige is reviewing its clinical governance processes and how they apply to the current situation, which may change rapidly. We have adopted a systematic approach to maintain and improve the quality of our clients’ care. We have also identified any staff members in risk groups and/or unable to deliver face-to-face care (depending on the individual circumstance). We are mindful of keeping records of training relating to infection prevention and control, and identified moments of hand hygiene.

The Latest Australian Government Information

To view the latest COVID-19 health alert from the Department of Health click here.

Government Advice for Senior Australians

Despite the success in suppressing the virus, the Victorian outbreak has shown that social distancing rules must be maintained at least until a vaccine or effective treatment is found.

Relative to those in care, the Government has also provided guidelines for maintaining good hygiene and, the access and use of PPE. Prestige provides PPE to their carers to protect them from infection while caring for someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as well as information regarding the Do’s and Don’ts of wearing a face mask.

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information and support to senior Australians, their families and carers. Call Monday to Friday, except public holidays, from 8.30am to 6pm.

Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line:      1800 171 866
 

The government has a helpful Factsheet for Older Australians on COVID-19Click Here

For more information on government advice for older people: Click Here

Revised Limits of Public Gatherings

The situation for Australia often changes. Now, each state and territory governments have different restrictions in place. Please take the time to visit the website relevant to your state or territory for more information.

Although, special restrictions still remain in place for aged care facilities to protect older Australians (revised 21 April) by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). Click here 

CovidSafe App

The COVIDSafe app, which is part of the Australian government’s work to slow the spread of COVID-19, provides up to date information and advice. Take advantage of checking your symptoms, getting information and urgent updates (such as the quick containment of an outbreak or revised restrictions) and finds close contacts of COVID-19 cases. The app speeds up the current manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk and reduces the chances of you passing on the virus to your family, friends and other people in the community.

This app is entirely voluntary and downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians.

Infection Control

Prestige has comprehensive infection prevention practices in place and provides personal protective equipment to our employees. We continue to adhere to:

  • performing hand hygiene
  • conduct and encourage respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
  • use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary
  • routinely clean work environments as cleaning is an essential part of disinfection
  • guidelines for the safe support for a person with laundry
  • all aiding to mitigate the impact of the virus.

The Australian Government has launched a new COVID-19 training program at https://covid-19training.gov.au/. This training is for care workers across all settings, including aged care (both in residential aged care facilities or with visiting carers at home, including cleaners and cooks).

Stay Covid Free and Do The 3

Stay Home

Avoid leaving your house for any non-essential activity.

Stay at home unless you are:

  • going to work or education
  • shopping for essential supplies such as groceries
  • going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood, on your own or with one other person
  • attending medical appointments or compassionate visits.

Medical services, supermarkets, banks, petrol stations, postal and home delivery services remain open.

Health information

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath

If you are sick and think you might have coronavirus, seek medical help.

You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information.

If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

Stay Safe

Always practise good hygiene, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, cover your coughs, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Maintain social distance of at least 1.5 metres when outside your home.

Try and …

  • avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • use tap and go instead of cash
  • travel at quiet times and avoid crowds
  • be well informed and only use trusted official information (download the Coronavirus Australia mobile phone app, subscribe to the Coronavirus Australia WhatsApp service, and visit www.australia.gov.au for the latest information)

Note – there are revised restrictions for: 

  • attending pubs, registered and licensed clubs
  • hotels, except for rooms and accommodation areas
  • restaurants and cafes
  • places of worship
  • food courts inside shopping centres
  • auction houses, real estate auctions and open inspections
  • outdoor and indoor markets – excluding food markets
  • beauty therapy, waxing, nail salons, spas and massage
  • community and recreation centres
  • personal training will be limited to 10 people
  • social and sporting-based activities, involving large groups
  • galleries, museums, libraries, national institutions and historic sites
  • community clubs, halls and RSLs

Prestige is Here to Help You at Home

Prestige have trained staff who will enable you or your loved one to continue to live self-sufficiently with comfort while living at home for longer, without compromising privacy, safety or personal attention.

Our team of care providers visiting your home are taking all the necessary measures to ensure you and your loved one stay safe. This includes following advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer about when to use protective equipment.

At Prestige we adhere to 
medical advice to protect you, your loved one and themselves.

Further, we have been instructed that most of the time our staff are not required to wear personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, aprons or gowns, and protective eyewear.  However, personal protective equipment must be worn if:

  • you or loved one has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • you or your loved one is suspected of having COVID-19
  • you or your loved one is displaying symptoms of COVID-19

Any of our staff displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are NOT allowed to work and our testing procedures have  been paramount.

Prestige staff, through our inhome support services can provide:

  • 24 hour care, aged care, respite care, pallative care, disability care and nursing
  • transport to and from various appointments
  • personal care, meal preparation companionship
  • home and garden maintenance, domestic care, meal preparation and home help

How Can You Protect Yourself

As we move towards a COVIDSafe Australia, it is important for people at greater risk of serious illness if they get COVID-19 to take extra steps to protect themselves.

You or your loved one should maintain good hygiene and take care when interacting with other people. The best defences includes:

  • covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • disposing of used tissues immediately into a rubbish bin and washing your hands
  • washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet, and when you have been out to shops or other places
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitisers (60% alcohol), where available
  • cleaning and disinfecting surfaces you have touched
  • staying 1.5 metres distance between other people
  • continuing to stay at home and avoid contact with others
  • continuing to avoid non-essential travel
  • considering having the chemist deliver your medicines
  • considering having your groceries and essential items delivered to your home
  • downloading the COVIDSafe app to your smartphone for the times you do need to go out. Prestige staff can assist you or your loved one with this or call the Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line for help
 

Remember, it’s important to still feel connected, happy and healthy in your own home, as well as keeping up normal daily routines, (eating well, drinking enough water, exercising and sleeping well).

Also, stay connected with your family, friends and your local community. Using technology like phone, email or social media. This can more difficult for our aged clients, which is why we have care workers who regularly visit to improve their quality of life.

It is also important to get a daily dose of fresh air and vitamin D, whether you’re out and about, down the street, private yard or balcony. Keep your mental health strong!

World Health Organisation (WHO)

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about COVID-19 virus. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. 

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

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