Adventist aged care facilities respond to coronavirus threat

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Adventist residential aged care facility at Wahroonga, Sydney.

Seventh-day Adventist aged care facilities in Australia remain vigilant in their efforts to protect the safety of residents and staff amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The facilities have remained COVID-19 free since the pandemic began and are well prepared in the event of an outbreak, according to their CEOs. They have implemented strict infection control measures and are closely monitoring residents’ health. COVID-19 outbreak management plans have been prepared, there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment and pandemic response teams are in place. They are monitoring updates from health and medical authorities and following their directives.

"We would particularly like to acknowledge our staff for their dedication and commitment as they work tirelessly to look after our frail and vulnerable residents."

Management are also keeping a close eye on the mental wellbeing of residents and staff, with chaplains available to provide support. Another key focus is maintaining regular communication with residents, their families and staff.

At various times the facilities have been in lockdown due to state government directives or where it’s believed there is significant risk to residents and staff.

“You can rest assured that we are doing everything possible to look after our residents’ wellbeing and happiness,” said David Reece, CEO of AdventCare in Victoria.

“They are like our family, and we want them to feel valued, cared for and comfortable. We would particularly like to acknowledge our staff for their dedication and commitment as they work tirelessly to look after our frail and vulnerable residents.

“We encourage everyone to keep our aged care facilities in your prayers as we continue to provide a safe environment for those in our care.”

The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates 16 retirement villages and 13 residential aged care facilities in Australia. CEOs of the sites are in regular communication, share relevant information and support one another.