Residents at aged care facilities around the world are at the frontline of risk for Coronavirus. They are vulnerable not only to the virus but also to the terrible isolation that comes from lockdown.
Facilities here in New Zealand are staying abreast of what is happening overseas, particularly in Australia and have stepped up their protocols to make sure that this most vulnerable section of our society stays well both physically and mentally.
“As a trusted healthcare provider, we are taking all precautionary measures possible. We have robust infection prevention and control regimes and a dedicated Infection Prevention and Control Specialist in our national clinical services team," says Katherine Foulkes Clinical Services Director Bupa Villages and Aged Care New Zealand.
"We continue to stringently follow the Ministry of Health guidelines, which include correct PPE protocols, hand hygiene, additional cleaning, and use of contact tracing apps. Our frontline teams do an amazing job and we’re continuing to support them with a range of initiatives, for example, they can access special COVID leave if needed."
Bupa Villages are well prepared across all the necessary clinical and operational areas and take pride in the level of care that is extended to all our residents.