13 August – Update

Hello to everyone,

I hope you are all staying safe and well. Of course, the 11am briefing today did not bring us the miracle we are all hoping for. Given our location in Chester Hill, I’m sure you can appreciate that we are right in the middle of the COVID hotstpot of Canterbury-Bankstown. We absolutely acknowledge the toll that the current restrictions are having on family members. I can reassure you that if we notice your loved one showing any signs of emotional distress, we will be contacting you immediately.

Unfortunately, the restrictions on visiting will need to be in place for some time longer. I am giving you a link to the NSW Health advice to residential aged care facilities:  https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/racf-latest-advice.aspx.
The situation is changing every day and we will not stay closed for visiting for any moment longer than we are directed to. Please note in the advice the link to the Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes During COVID 19. I can also give you the number for the Seniors Rights Service 1800 700 600. If you feel that you would like to talk to them to advocate on your behalf, please feel free to call them. They are very helpful.

In the meantime, I can report that our vaccination rate is excellent – well over 93% for staff and residents. At the current time, there are 13 nursing homes with COVID outbreaks. Our hearts go out to the residents and staff of those homes. It is numbers like this that reinforce the difficult decisions we have to make in relation to visitation. The last thing we want is a COVID case at ATV.

Can I pass on our thanks to those families who have sent messages of support to us during this difficult time. The staff, management and Board of ATV are very appreciative.

Please take care of yourselves. We here at ATV are keeping a smile on our faces and hoping we can see you all again soon.

Margaret Russell,
General Manager

August 2021 Newsletter

Sydney’s disruptive lock-down? Our residents are leading a pretty close to normal life. They follow the Olympic games and make up their own non-olympic games. Lots of excellent photos in our facebook feed and in the monthly newsletter, which you can download now.

And a quick reminder about Employee Day this week. Send a message to our staff. Encouragement goes a long way during this strange and unpredictable time.

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