At Prins Willem Alexander Lodge in Birkdale, Queensland, we will be reverting to the previous visitation times and protocols. These are as follows:
Unfortunately, we are unable to permit Elders to leave the home for external excursions, this is directed by public health.
Mon — Fri 9:30AM-5:00PM
Sat — Sunday 1:30PM-4:30PM
Face masks are not required to be worn.
In addition, the current protocols remain in place under the QLD Aged Care Directories (No.8) a person must not enter, or remain on, the premises of a residential aged care facility in the State of Queensland until the end of the declared public health emergency if:
From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, restrictions are changing for metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne is moving to Stage 4 Restrictions. The definition of metropolitan Melbourne is based on the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which sets out the local government areas that form metropolitan Melbourne, and will not include Mitchell Shire for the purposes of the Stage 4 curfew or travel restrictions.
These changes are being introduced to reduce the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.
From 2 August, a curfew will be in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Curfews will be in operation from 8pm to 5am every evening, with people only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.
From 5am – 8pm, you can only leave your home for one of the following four reasons:
If you do need to leave home, you should wash your hands before you leave and when you return home. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. Always wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful exception.
Never, ever go out if you are unwell, unless it is to get tested and then you must go straight home.
If we all do this, we can protect our loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care workers and the community.
From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August, Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions apply in Victoria, except if you live in metropolitan Melbourne where Stage 4 restrictions apply. The definition of metropolitan Melbourne is based on the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which sets out the local government areas that form metropolitan Melbourne.
If you live in regional Victoria, including Mitchell Shire, there are only four reasons that you can leave home:
You may no longer have visitors to your home or visit other people in their homes.
We all need to play our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can help protect ourselves, our families and our communities from coronavirus (COVID-19).
From 6pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, Stage 4 restrictions apply to all people living in the Melbourne metropolitan area (but not Mitchell Shire). If you don’t live in this area, then Stage 3 restrictions will apply to you. The definition of metropolitan Melbourne is based on the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which sets out the local government areas that form metropolitan Melbourne. The local government areas where Stage 4 restrictions apply are:
To read more, please click here to view more on the Victoria State Government’s Health and Human Services website.
The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line is a joint initiative of COTA Australia, Dementia Australia, National Seniors and the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN), and is supported by funding from the Australian Government. Older Australians, their families, friends and carers can free call the support line if they:
• Would like to talk with someone about the COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on them
• Feel lonely or worry about a loved one
• Care for someone and need some information or someone to talk to
• Need advice or access to services
• Would like to arrange a one-off or regular wellbeing check for themselves, or someone else. The support line is available on 1800 171 866, 8.30am - 6pm AEST weekdays.
People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and will now be required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons, following a concerning increase in coronavirus cases in recent days.
Based on the latest advice from the Chief Health Officer, we’re urging Victorians: just as you remember to take your keys when you leave the house, you need to remember to take something to cover your face – to help keep you and our community safe.
To give people time to purchase or make a face covering, this new rule won’t be enforced until after 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 July – but for those who can, please start wearing yours immediately. The fine for not wearing a face covering will be $200.
To read the full article on Victoria State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services website please click here.
COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry. Information includes factsheets and promotional materials from the Victoria State Government's Department of Health and Human Services.
As part of its ongoing commitment to supporting Australia’s multicultural communities, the Australian Government has announced the COVIDSafe app is now available in five commonly spoken languages.
From 3 July 2020, the COVIDSafe app has been translated into Arabic, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese allow people to download and use the app in their own language.
It is anticipated that further languages will be added over coming months.
Further information on the announcement can be found here.
The rapid spread of COVID-19 in Victoria is a concern to all. We have now entered stage 3 stay-at-home orders which means you will only be allowed to leave your home for four reasons:
The reintroduction of stage 3 stay-at-home orders directly affects all of MiCare’s Victorian aged care homes.
Currently, MiCare has no cases of COVID-19. We are however in a heightened state of vigilance and our actions are in line with both the Premier’s orders and the updated National Aged Care Visitors Access Code. The communities continued support and understanding assists MiCare to protect our most vulnerable Elders.
We will regularly review the restriction protocols and communicate changes as soon as we are able to.
Be reassured that MiCare has well developed COVID-19 outbreak and contingency plans in line with the Department of Health recommendations. Staff are well trained with regard to infection control protocols and this is an ongoing process. All staff continue to be screened before the commencement of each shift and are regularly provided with updated information and training.
Stay home, stay safe. If you have any symptoms, however mild, get tested.
We are totally committed to quality care and will continue being on maximum alert for COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the General Manager Residential Services, Kate Kelly on 03 9788 9020 or email email@example.com
General Manager Residential Services
Due to COVID-19 visiting restrictions currently apply to Prins Willem Alexander Lodge, current visiting times are:
Prins Willem Alexander Lodge, Birkdale
Monday through to Friday, between 9:30AM — 5:00PM
Saturday and Sunday, between 1:30PM — 4:30PM
A list of resources about COVID-19 in other languages. The resources include fact sheets, guidelines, and other publications. You can also view SBS's COVID-19 videos in various languages here.
To view all translated resources, please click here.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on all facets of our society. While it is reasonable for people to be concerned about the outbreak of the coronavirus we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with the easing of restrictions commencing this week. We must still remember to look after ourselves and our family and friends as it is normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed by social restrictions or news of the outbreak. Information is available on the R U OK website. Social contact and maintaining routines can be supportive for our mental health and wellbeing and some helpful hints can be found here.
If you think you need further help - Beyond Blue Support Service provides advice and support via telephone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.
Please click here to view COVID-19 translated information for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, health professionals and industry.