COVID-19

Management of COVID in Queensland – 15 December 2021 update

BallyCara provides the following updates relevant to each service area.


Melbourne HomeCare Update 3 November 2021

BallyCara is delighted to support greater freedoms in community movement across our Melbourne service areas. We are pleased to advise that all our staff have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccination and continue to adhere to COVID safe policies and practices. We ask all those people receiving services directly from BallyCara (and those within same households) to please adhere to the Victorian Government guidelines as follows:

  • Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Carry a face mask when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others (unless a lawful exception applies).
  • If you feel unwell please advise the BallyCara customer service team on phone 1300 037 542 ahead of scheduled services.
  • Get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
  • If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.

COVID Restrictions Update 21st October 2021 – Victoria

Metro Melbourne:

Restrictions will ease from 11:59pm 21 October 2021:
Social and Recreational:

  • 10 people including dependents can visit your home per day
  • 15 people can gather outdoors,
  • Pubs and clubs can open to 20 fully vaccinated people indoors and 50 outdoors.

Education:

  • All school students return onsite at least part time

Regional Victoria:

Restrictions will ease from 11:59pm 21 October 2021:
Social and Recreational:

  • 10 people including dependents can visit your home per day
  • 20 people can gather outdoors, including dependents
  • Pubs, clubs and entertainment venues are open indoors to 30 fully vaccinated people

Education:

  • All school students return onsite fulltime

COVID Restrictions Update 8th October 2021 – South-East Queensland

The Queensland Government has announced the end to the Residential Care lockdown from 4pm today, Friday 8 October. BallyCara confirms our Residential Care facilities will be accepting visitors from 4-5pm today and then our normal visiting hours of 8am to 5pm will recommence from Saturday 9 October. Visitors are required to please continue to adhere to mask wearing, social distancing and standard screening processes (including current Flu Vaccination).


COVID Update 29th September 2021 – GOLD COAST, BRISBANE & MORETON BAY LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGIONS

Please be advised the Queensland Government has added the Gold Coast Local Government area to the restricted regions. All BallyCara Services will continue in a COVID-safe way. You must wear a mask whenever you leave home and wear them indoors (except when undertaking vigorous exercise or dining) and when social distancing isn’t possible in outdoor settings. BallyCara Residential Aged Care is Closed to Visitors (End of Life visits are allowed with prior authorisation) and Residents are only able to leave for healthcare or compassionate reasons.
Please continue to monitor the contact tracing locations listed here: www.health.qld.gov.au/tracing. Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested: www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.


COVID Update 28th September 2021 – BRISBANE & MORETON BAY LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGIONS

Please be advised the Queensland Government has placed restrictions on the Brisbane and Moreton Bay Local Government areas. All BallyCara Services will continue in a COVID-safe way. You must wear a mask whenever you leave home and wear them indoors and when social distancing isn’t possible in outdoor settings. Visitors living in these regions will not be allowed into BallyCara Residential Aged Care. Please continue to monitor the contact tracing locations listed here: www.health.qld.gov.au/tracing. Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested: www.qld.gov.au/covid19testing.

 

COVID Update 28th September 2021 – MELBOURNE HOMECARE

The Victorian Lockdown remains in place and you cannot leave your home unless for one of the six following reasons:

  • shopping for necessary goods and services
  • caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
  • authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
  • exercise (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent outdoors socialising in limited groups)
  • outdoor social interaction in limited groups (once a day for up to 4 hours, and that 4 hours includes any time spent on exercise)
  • to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary)

Please be assured during this lockdown we are continuing to maintain all HomeCare services across the northern and eastern Melbourne regions in a COVID-safe way.


The team at North Western Melbourne PHN have organised the “Goodbye COVID” campaign to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

BallyCara is supportive of people receiving the COVID Vaccination to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and say “Goodbye COVID”.


 

Please be assured we are continually monitoring updates and are in direct dialogue with health and government authorities with specific reference to support older people and other at-risk members of the community. As an essential frontline service, we reinforce our commitment to ensuring the delivery of safe and quality care, whilst recognising the need to make appropriate decisions in response to COVID-19 if required. If you have any concerns or comments please email us on health@ballycara.com or phone 1300 272 222.