Residential aged care providers will be encouraged to limit visits from today under national guidelines aimed at the prevention and control of coronavirus.
Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said the advice from the Communicable Disease Network of Australia issued to aged care facilities around Australia outlines the precautionary measures for residents, staff and their families as the Federal Government continues to implement strategies to contain the virus.
It includes the recommendation that family and friends limit visits to residential care centres, particularly for residents already suffering from chronic illness.
“Given the risks to older Australians from COVID 19, particularly those with chronic disease and other frailties, we now recommend that residential aged care providers restrict visitor access,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Our plan is to slow the spread, to save lives.”