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Relaxations for aged care

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

In line with easing of Coronavirus restrictions, Murrumbidgee Local Health District has announced some relaxation for visitation in aged care residences.

The district’s ‘‘two by two’’ strategy will allow each resident up to two designated visitors per day for a maximum of two hours. This is an increase from one visitor for one hour only.

MLHD’s aged care manager Rosemary Garthwaite said the original measures were put in place to safe guard elderly residents who are vulnerable against the virus. 

‘‘Our key priority is to prevent elderly residents from becoming infected,’’ Ms Garthwaite said.

‘‘We ask people to avoid visiting loved ones if they are feeling unwell, or have cold or flu like symptoms.’’ 

For those who live farther away, or may be feeling unwell, there are plenty of other opportunities to stay connected. 

People are encouraged to talk with a facility manager about how they can connect with their loved one via technology.

MLHD continues to temperature check and ensure appropriate hand hygiene measures are in place for all visitors to aged care facilities. 

Visitors are also required to show evidence of their 2020 flu vaccination.