30 March 2022 | View in Browser
Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Update for Residents and Families

Dear Resident and Family Members,

COVID-19 Update for Residents and Families of Calvary The Brelsford

I am writing to inform you that unfortunately three (3) residents have tested positive to COVID-19 since our last communication to you, bringing the total to five (5) positive cases. All positive residents reside in Pearl wing and are receiving care in their rooms.

In line with Public Health Unit advice, a further round of testing was conducted today and no further positive cases were found.

Visitation to the home is allowed, however visitation restrictions remain in place to keep out residents, their visitors and our staff as safe as possible. Please see below:

Information for visitors during an outbreak

  • Visitation to the home is limited to one (1) visitor (Partner in Care) per resident, per day, consistent with Calvary’s Position Statement on Visiting in Aged Care.
  • Our visiting hours are 10.00am – 4.00pm, daily, with last entry to the home at 3.30pm. This is to ensure all screening processes can be completed by our day staff.
  • We ask that all visitors book their visit with us for now. To make a booking, please email coffs@japara.com.au and provide your requested time and date, name of the resident/room number, your name and proof of your COVID vaccination.
  • Visitors will be required to complete screening requirements prior to entry and wear appropriate PPE (including face mask and shield) whilst visiting. PPE is provided by Calvary.
  • As a precaution to keeping residents safe, visitors will be required to have a rapid antigen test (RAT test) before entering the home. This takes time, and we ask for your patience as we manage this important screening process.
  • Visitation exceptions may be made for residents receiving end of life care, residents who may be experiencing distress, or where a special care and support role is provided. Please speak with the home manager to discuss arrangements.

We will continue to liaise closely with Public Health Unit officials, who will make the decision about whether and when it is safe to remove the current visitation restrictions. We will keep you updated as information becomes available. We anticipate our next communication to you will be early next week.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience at this time.


Cassandra Schwartz,

General Manager Aged Care