Vaccination Day

Our COVID-19 Vaccine clinic will be held next Tuesday 13th April 2021, followed by the second dose on the 4th May 2021. The clinic will be held from 8am – 1pm on both days.

For those residents with outstanding COVID-19 Vaccine consent, our administration department have contacted you to return the consent from by the latest this Friday afternoon, 9th April 2021, if the consent form is not returned by the vaccination date, we will not be able to vaccinate your loved one.

On the Vaccination day, we would appreciate if you can limit your visits, as we require all resources to assist with the Vaccination. If you wish to support your loved ones, please notify the RN on duty by Sunday and limit to one visitor per resident on the day.

Here is what to expect on Vaccination Day.

For your conveneince, here is the consent form.

Sophia Markwell,
General Manager

Visits!

Here is an update to our visitor policy from 17th March 2021

Visits

  • Hours: mornings from 9.30 to 12.00 and afternoons from 2.00 to 4.30 with no booking needed (yeah!).
  • No time limit for each visit, but finish by 5.30 pm unless approved by management.
  • No total visitor number limit, but visitors to remain in resident ‘s room (not in communal areas).
  • Flu Vaccine not mandatory, but encouraged for all visitors.

Masks
No longer mandatory for both staff and visitors.

Restrictions
Certain restrictions will apply from time to time as directed by the Department of Health. Accordingly, we update the visiting page as necessary.

Outings
Continue current policy, family to call RN and book to arrange ( 24 hours in advance if possible)

Special Considerations and requests to be discussed with Harry Wu ( Clinical Manager)

Regards,
Sophia Markwell
General Manager

COVID-19 Vaccination Consent

Dear Families & Friends,

Following our post on 19 February with information on the COVID-19 vaccine, we can now provide more information to families and friends about the rollout of the vaccination program. Please note, we have NOT been notified by the Primary Health Network when our residents will be vaccinated, however we have the documentation available to be prepared should it occur soon.

We are asking you, the person responsible, to provide your written consent to the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, so that we can be ready for the vaccination program when we are notified.

As previously stated, the Australian Government and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) strongly encourage our residents, families and staff to be vaccinated as vaccination will generate an immune response to COVID-19. Please refer to our 9 February email for further information about the vaccine. We also have copies of this information available at Reception.

Click on these links for information sheets about:

We also ask that you complete a Consent Form for the 2021 Influenza Vaccine which will take place at least the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please select BOTH Influenza and Covid-19 Vaccine in the Abel Tasman Village consent form.

Completing the Consent Forms:

Below are the two Consent Forms for you to complete:

  1. Consent Form for the Abel Tasman Village Annual Influenza Vaccine and the COVID-19 Vaccine. [download]
  2. Australian Government Consent Form for the Covid-19 Vaccine. [download]

How to complete the two Consent Forms:

  • Complete the Consent Forms electronically and email to us at admin@abeltasman.com.au;
    or
  • Print the Consent Forms and return the completed forms to the Registered Nurse on duty
    or
  • Pick up a copy of the Consent Forms from Reception or the Registered Nurse on duty and return the completed forms to Reception or the Registered Nurse on duty.

We ask that you do this as soon as possible, so that we can be ready for vaccination day. If there are fields you are not able to complete (eg. Medicare Number) you can leave them blank.

It is important to note that, despite the vaccination program being rolled out over the coming months, we will need to continue to be vigilant with our hand hygiene and social distancing. The screening requirements, masks and visitor restrictions will still be with us for some time. We will continue to keep you updated on the roll-out of the program when information becomes available.

Yours sincerely,

Sophia Markwell,
General Manager

COVID-19 Vaccine – Informed Consent

We’re facilitating a follow-up webinar to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. It will be held next Tuesday 23rd February at 11:30. The focus of the seminar is to provide information on the provision of consent ( or decline). More information and register for the webinar here.

Oh… on a totally different topic, you may have missed the Abel Tasman Village feed on Facebook today. Unfortunately we were one of the organisations which were caught in the cross-fire between Facebook, the Media and the Australian Goverment. Our feed should be restored soon, we hope… Meanwhile, we started a Social Media page so you can keep up with social activities at ATV.

COVID Vaccinations

We have received information on the COVID-19 vaccination program from the Federal Department of Health and NSW Health which we would like to share with you. As you may know, residential aged care workers and residents will be among the first people who can choose to receive the vaccine in the first roll out phase, which is expected to commence from late-February 2021. The Australian Government and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) strongly encourage our residents, families and staff to be vaccinated as vaccination will generate an immune response to COVID-19.

The Federal Department of Health have put together an information sheet for residents in residential aged care and their families, representatives and carers, which you can find here. You can also read the Frequently Asked Questions document.

When researching COVID-19 vaccines, there is a lot of information available and we ask that you stick to reputable sources. There is a range of information available on Government websites, a cross section of which is linked below for your convenience.

You can obtain further information on the vaccine approval process and what is in the vaccine at the Therapeutical Goods Administration website.

The Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) have been delivering advocacy, information and education services to older people around Australia for over 25 years. They have an insightful webinar on COVID-19: Vaccine – What you need to know.

It is important to note that despite the vaccination program being rolled out over the coming months, we will need to continue to be vigilant with our hand hygiene and social distancing. The screening requirements, masks and visitor restrictions will still be with us for some time.

We are waiting for more information on consent and the roll out program. So far, we know that in NSW, the vaccination program for residential aged care facilities will be run by the Primary Health Networks. Residents and staff will be vaccinated at the residence. We expect our local Primary Health Network will be in contact with us in the coming weeks.

We will continue to keep you updated on the roll-out of the program as information becomes available.

Sophia Markwell
General Manager

Bookings & Telehealth

Thank you for your patience in regards to the temporary lockdown over the past few weeks. Everyone has been very understanding and supportive. The online booking system has been working very well, please don’t hesitate the staff at the Abel Tasman Village to assist with bookings if you are having issues on (02) 9645 3388.

I understand that times have been very difficult, and some of you may be struggling in silence. The Swinburne University Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults have launched a National Telehealth Counselling and Support Service for aged care residents, their families, friends and aged care staff. This service has been very successful so far and is completely free of charge. The counsellors are provisionally registered psychologists, social work interns and counselling postgraduates, who are supervised by experienced practitioners. They currently have capacity to offer support to more people, which is the reason we are reaching out to aged care facilities. Staff, residents and family/friends can refer themselves or others via the below link, where you can also read more about the service: www.swin.edu.au/telehealthcounselling  

The list of suburbs which are excluded for visits has been updated by adding Mount Druitt and Rooty Hill. See the full list on our booking page.

Sophia Markwell,
General Manager

Resident Contact Update

Great news for NSW with COVID numbers on the decrease, thank goodness. We have received an update this afternoon from NSW Health and are currently reviewing the revised visiting restrictions in line with our COVID 19 Management Plan.

At this stage, we are expecting to communicate new visiting arrangements on Monday 11th January so stay tuned for that update. Until that time, current restrictions will remain in place (ie. no visiting is permitted at this time).

Communication options with your loved one are still available via phone and video calling for Friday 8th January to Monday 11th January from 1pm to 5pm (last call is 4.30pm). Could we also ask that family members coordinate bookings so that one contact per resident is made per day. This allows for a more even opportunity for all residents to speak with their families.

Phone calls should last for no more than 30 minutes. Bookings are essential and timeframes must be strictly adhered to, please book here. If you do not have internet access to visit our website, please call 0432 597 534 and a member of staff will assist you to make a booking.

We appreciate that the restrictions have been difficult and challenging for you all and we appreciate your patience and understanding. As always, our residents’ safety is our first priority. Thank you again for your cooperation.

ATV Management

Renewed Visitor Restrictions

Update: 6 January 2021 – Management are waiting for the latest update from NSW Health and thank everyone for their patience. We will announce any resulting changes to the visiting and phone call schedule as soon as we get word from the NSW Health Department.

As you may have seen in the news this morning, the NSW Department of Health has re-imposed visitor limitations to aged care facilities in the greater Sydney area such as Abel Tasman Village from today (30th December) until at least 6 January 2021.

Unfortunately, we therefore have had to cancel all existing visitor bookings and suspend any further reservations for the time being.

We regret having to impose these new limitations and hope that you’ll appreciate the situation which all Sydney area aged care facilities find themselves in.

To in some small way compensate for this, we will be re-activating phone and video call reservations.

Sincerely,
ATV management

Reference: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/racf-latest-advice.aspx