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

February 2021 Newsletters

Happy Valentine’s Day. Is it really February already? Time flies…

Here is the ATV February Newsletter, with all the news that’s fit to print. Messages from management, the activities calendar and lots of photos!

And also, here is the newsletter from the Rembrandt Club. Lots to enjoy wether you have a connection with the Low Lands or not…

Also, a quick reminder that we update the Visitors page regularly with all the information regarding visits to Abel Tasman Village. You can always find the page under the Contact Us menu!

Australia Day Update

We are happy to announce that NSW Health has advised that we are now able to offer residents an outing in the ATV bus. Obviously, there need to be a number of COVID safeguards in place which we will comply with. We are in the process of formulating a COVID safe plan for these outings to take place. Please note that numbers will be limited for these trips and may need to be allocated in terms of care needs.

There are still some restrictions and exclusions for visiting. Please refer to the suburb listing on our booking page. If you have visited any of these locations unfortunately you will be excluded from visiting. Of course, we have alternative methods for you to keep in contact with your loved one. There are also exemptions on compassionate grounds or for essential care purposes. Visiting days are detailed here.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding. Can I wish you all a very happy and safe Australia Day. This year more than ever we should be grateful to be living in such a great country!

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

Visitor Update – the latest…

In line with the latest information from the Dept of Health, here is our up to date visitor information.
Until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 December 2020:

  • Up to two visitors per day are permitted to visit residents at the Abel Tasman Village.
  • Visits will be strictly 1 hours per resident.
  • Masks must be strictly worn throughout your visit, even if you’re in the room with the resident.
  • Residents cannot leave the facility to attend family gatherings and group excursions. Essential travel is permitted (such as for a medical appointment).
  • Please arrive at your allocated time, as early arrivals may be asked to wait.
  • If a visit is not essential and can be substituted by a later festive gathering, that would be much appreciated and allow us to focus on supervised visits for essential reasons.

Abel Tasman Village apologies for any inconvenience caused. We hope you can make the best out of a very bad situation. Thank you for your support and your understanding.

Have a very Merry Christmas and safe New Year.

Sophia Markwell
General Manager.