COVID-19 is a health risk for older people. Because of this, the government has applied new restrictions to protect consumers in residential facilities and home care services.
The restrictions include guidance on when people shouldn't visit residential aged care services - for example, if you've been overseas in the previous two weeks - as well as precautions to take if you are visiting services. You can read the advice on the Department of Health's website.
The Commission has expanded on the government's guidance with advice for providers of residential aged care services - Supporting safe, quality care for aged care consumers during visitor restrictions This includes specific issues, actions to take, and helpful strategies to ensure the ongoing safety of aged care consumers. You can access the Commission's advice on our website.
Fact Sheet on Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes During COVID-19
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has released a new fact sheet on the new Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19.
The fact sheet provides further explanation of the new Code, including how it complements the existing regulatory framework overseen by the Commission.
COVID-19 resources and information
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Commission has been developing specific resources and adding them, along with resources from the Department of Health and relevant sources, to our COVID-19 Information page.
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