What they’re doing…

With Sydney in lock-down because of the COVID outbreak, here is a peek at what our residents are doing… 

Well… actually, life is pretty normal in the ATV ‘bubble”. While staff wear masks and observe strict protocols, residents experience an environment that is more “normal” than might be expected. Katja Jeffries manages an Activities team which doesn’t just entertain, but provides company and encourages fitness routines.

While, traditionally, resident activities were just held in the Main Hall, now the coffee shop and the media room in the new wing provide additional venues to engage residents, and special sessions are held for residents in dementia care where appropriate.

And one-on-one counselling for individual residents who can’t participate in broader activities is provided by Effie Burgoyne. Yes, we are missing our trusty band of volunteers who supplement our regular staff of Katja, Janina, Nadia & Effie.. However, for a modest size facility like Abel Tasman Village, resident activities are remarkably well resourced.

You can follow Abel Tasman Village on Facebook to connect with activities (or regularly check the Abel Tasman Village social media page for non-Facebook fans).

And as  for our residents… they’re putting COVID aside and are getting behind the Olympics!

And… it’s July!

Just when you thought that everyone was focussed on vaccines, our activities department put out the usual monthly calendar of activities. Life goes on…

Please be sure to read Margaret’s message in the newsletter. Our residents might have some restrictiction in movement and visitors, but activities come together anyway!

Check out the July newsletter here.

As you know, in Sydney, Aged Care Facilities can’t admit visitors right now. Hopefully that won’t last long. Please read Margaret’s note in the newsletter and of course, you can book a phone or video call with a resident.

Lockdown announcement

It is with a heavy heart that I need to advise all families/relatives and other visitors to Abel Tasman Village, that from 6pm today, Saturday 26th June visitors are not permitted under the NSW Government’s stay at home orders announced this afternoon.

We will be communicating to you all regarding alternative methods of keeping in touch with your loved ones, as soon as we can. Unfortunately, this latest outbreak has highlighted that the variant involved is extremely contagious and we cannot take the risk that our residents could be exposed.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please be assured resident safety is our number 1 priority. We will provide updates here as soon as we are advised.

Click here for the latest advice from NSW Department of Health.

Update 28 June 2021: A letter to friends and relatives and a link to the booking system is now live on our Visiting Residents page.

Margaret Russell
Acting General Manager

June 2021 Newsletter

We’ve just finished our June newsletter, which you can upload from here.

Apart from the Queen’s Birthday, an activity to highlight this month is our Malta Day on 24th. Lots of things to celebrate!

Oh, and a quick reminder that all visitors need to have had the 2021 Flu vaccination. I know we’ve had other things on our mind this year, but it’s an essential item in the care for our residents.

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

Aged Care Commission

The period of accreditation for ATV expires on 8 September 2021. The management team submitted the Application for Re-accreditation on 17 March 2021.

In conducting the site audit, the assessment team will assess the quality of care and services provided through Abel Tasman Village against the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards) applicable from 1 July 2019.

For further information regarding the Aged Care Quality Standards and to access the notice poster which are available in several other community languages located on the Aged Care quality, please see the website for more details website.

Site Audit Notice & Poster

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.