Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources and information for the aged care sector.

COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facilities Plan for Victoria

The health, wellbeing and safety of residents, staff and the broader community are important for providers of aged care in responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When considering the safety of their residents, residential aged care services’ responses should be balanced with appropriate compassionate visits from family and loved ones. 

Residential aged care services are faced with a number of competing legal rights and obligations in the current pandemic. 
Residential aged care facilities (RACFs) must balance those obligations to provide an outcome that is reasonable and proportionate to the risk in the circumstances. This balancing exercise must be undertaken on a case-by case basis and must be continually re-evaluated.

The COVID-19 Residential Aged Care Facilities Plan for Victoria (Word) provides guidelines to assist RACFs to support their healthcare workers, residents, families and visitors to prepare for, prevent and manage cases and outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Important updates are highlighted in red throughout the Plan and relate to: Visitors and how to implement the Care Facilities Directions

  • Influenza vaccination requirements 
  • Updated notification process 
  • Updated links and checklists 
  • Updated information about PPE 
  • In reach pathology rapid collection and testing service. 

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