15 February 2021

Update on visitation at Whiddon Easton Park
We are pleased to share with you that NSW Health has advised that residents located in residential aged care facilities in Greater Sydney can now have five visitors per day. This applies to Whiddon Easton Park. Please note that visits must still be pre-booked. Please also note that NSW Health has advised that all staff and visitors must continue to wear a surgical mask when visiting our care homes.

Please ensure when visiting, that you have not been to any locations identified as COVID-19 hotspots and venues and you follow our guidelines when visiting:

• Please do not visit if you have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
• Please do not visit if you are unwell or have been in contact with someone unwell
• Please do not meet in common areas. Go directly to the designated area (our team will advise you of where this when you make a booking)
• Adhere to physical distancing guidelines of 1.5m from others at all times
• Please remember that our staff are here to help. Any aggressive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated

Update on the COVID-19 vaccine
Following on from our COVID-19 vaccine update earlier in the month, the Australian Government has since released some informational resources for residents in residential aged care facilities and their families, representatives and carers, that we would like to share with you.

The Australian Government have a strategy to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to Australians and have advised that residential aged care residents and workers will be among the first people who can choose to receive the vaccine in the first phase of the rollout. This is expected to commence from late February. The COVID-19 vaccines will be voluntary and free for everyone living in Australia.

For now, we do not have any further information about the roll-out and when the vaccine may be available to Whiddon residents and employees. Once we receive further details, we will provide another update.

We understand that some people may have concerns about receiving the vaccine and there may be circumstances where a person is not able to have the vaccine. Our team are here to support you and your loved one. Please make contact with your Care Manager about any concerns you may have or if you would like to book a case conference.

Please find further information from the Australian Government about the COVID-19 vaccine for residents in residential aged care facilities and their families, representatives and carers.

If you missed the Older Persons Advocacy Network’s free live webinar on Thursday 4 February with information to help older people to make an informed decision about being vaccinated, you can view the recording here.

COVID-19 page on the Whiddon website

Please remember to check the COVID-19 page on our website regularly for the latest updates from Whiddon, including the latest COVID-19 venue hotspots and locations of concern.