Latest Update - 3:15pm on Friday, 14 January 2022
- All residents on the Bottom level of the home can come out of their rooms today, Friday, 14 Jan.
- All residents on the Middle and Top levels of the home are required to remain in their rooms for now.
- All consenting residents on the Top level will undergo a rapid antigen test on Saturday, 15 January.
Important updates regarding Carey Gardens:
- The home is temporarily closed to non-essential visitors as per the instructions from ACT Health. The home will remain closed until health authorities indicate that it is safe for us to re-open, either in part or in full.
- We are continuing to work towards putting alternatives in place for phone and video contact with loved ones. We will update you as soon as you can contact your loved one online.
We are conscious that residents miss their friends and family and we are taking steps to ensure the residents remain physically and mentally well during the current closure.
- Resident body temperatures are taken twice daily.
- You can drop off care packages, gifts and non-perishable food items to be passed along to your loved one. We encourage you to send care packages as it brings great delight to the residents.
- The team at Carey Gardens will call you if there are any changes to the health or wellbeing of your loved one.
COVID-19 Testing Information
- In total, 2 residents have tested positive to COVID-19.
- A number of staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. All staff are fully vaccinated.
- All residents in the Bottom and Middle levels of the home can come out of their rooms on Friday, 14 January.
- All residents on the Top level of the home are required to remain in their rooms.
- All consenting residents on the Top level of the home will undergo a rapid antigen test on Saturday, 15 January.
- We are completing rapid antigen tests on all staff before they start their shift, in addition to the entry screening and automated body temperature readings.
- There continues to be significant and rapid COVID-19 transmission in the community, and our staff are exposed to this as they reside in the local area.
How We're Managing COVID-19 Testing
- With delays in the results of PCR testing, the home is also using Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for early detection of possible COVID-19 cases.
- If a resident returns a positive RAT result, we are treating this result as a positive COVID-19 case. PCR testing will be undertaken to confirm these results.
- In the event of a positive RAT result we may take some precautionary infection control measures and restrict movement in parts of the home.
- If a resident tests positive (RAT or PCR), we will communicate with families first and then provide that update to all families through this website page.
- Under the direction of ACT Health a small number of staff have been furloughed as a precautionary measure
- No external staff are required to support the home at this time. Carey Gardens staff are working additional hours to meet the needs of residents.
We wish to thank you for your support of our team as we manage the ongoing situation at Carey Gardens.
Please know we are doing all we can in partnership with health authorities and with support from our wider residential leadership team and our executive leadership team to respond to this situation. The health, safety and wellbeing of your loved one is our absolute priority.