Published by: Victor Harcourt, Anita Courtney, Anthony Massaro and Matthew Goessler
Last Friday 29 October, Victoria moved to Phase C of the National Plan: the Vaccination Consolidation Phase. The focus of Phase C is to minimise serious illness, hospitalisations and fatalities as a result of COVID-19 with baseline restrictions. As part of the shift to baseline restrictions, restrictions on visitation in Victorian residential aged care facilities have relaxed.
Summary of the Directions
The Care Facilities Directions (No 48) (Directions) support the removal of restrictions on visitation at residential aged care facilities. The purpose of the Directions remain: “to make provision for restricted access to care facilities…balancing the need to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 against the broader responsibilities of care facilities to the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of their clients”.