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Communications for Gracewood Centre

BaptistCare homes are responding to the developing situation on a daily basis and we are continuing to implement preventative actions to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our homes.

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Latest Update - 3:05pm on Friday, 14 January 2022

Newest Information:
  • Rapid Antigen Testing will be conducted on Sunday,16 January for Barrington residents.


Important updates regarding The Gracewood:

Visitation Information

  • In-room visits/window visits are temporarily suspended for both Penrose and Jenolan residents until further notice. Families will receive a cancellation notice for any bookings.
  • Penrose residents have been asked to remain in their rooms, and a further round of testing will be conducted for Penrose residents on Saturday, 15 January.
  • Window Visits are available on the ground floor, for the Hampton wing only, Level 1 Residents between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for a maximum duration of 30 minutes. Please book window visits through Acuity.
  • Due to the increased community transmissions and the risks involved, resident excursions and family gatherings are temporarily restricted until further notice from local health.

Resident Wellbeing

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. We will provide further updates about residents and family gatherings as soon as we receive the updated information.

Please be assured, the team at The Gracewood will call you if there are any changes to the health or wellbeing of your loved one.

  • Rapid Antigen Testing was conducted on Thursday,13 January for residents of Penrose North and Penrose South. Two residents have tested positive to COVID-19, both residents reside in the South and North wing of Penrose.
  • The Hampton Wing, Level 1 Residents are able to leave their rooms, and can socialise within their respective wing of the Home.
  • We are pleased to announce that 5 residents from the Barrington wing who had previously tested positive to COVID-19, have now received a Clearance Notice from NSW Health. A Clearance Notice means someone can leave isolation if they are symptom-free. With the current positive cases active, this wing will remain closed and under outbreak status until further notice.
  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing Information

  • There are significant delays in the testing system, which is impacting the timeliness of test results.
  • 11 residents have now tested positive for COVID-19.
  • All consenting residents in the Barrington wing undertook a RAT on Tuesday, 11 January.
  • Rapid Antigen Testing will be conducted on Sunday,16 January for Barrington residents.
  • A number of staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. All staff are fully vaccinated
  • 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

Thank You

We wish to thank you for your support of our team as we manage the ongoing situation at The Gracewood.

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.

Communication to Families and Visitors of Gracewood Centre

Change to Communications to Exposure and Outbreak Homes - Thursday, 23 December 2021

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Letter to Gracewood Families - 22 December

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Letter to Gracewood Families and Staff - 19 December

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