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Communications for Shalom 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 - 2:10pm Monday, 17 January 2022

Newest Information:
  • There are no further updates since Tuesday, 11 January.

Important updates regarding Shalom Centre:

Visitation Information

  • The home is temporarily closed to all non-essential visitors while we investigate, and will remain closed until health authorities indicate it is safe for us to reopen, either in part or in full.
  • All current bookings for in-room visits and resident excursions or family gatherings have been cancelled between Tuesday 11 January until the close of business Friday 14 January.
  • All BaptistCare homes provide for essential care and end of life visitation.

Resident Wellbeing

Please be assured, the team at Shalom will call you if there are any changes to the health or wellbeing of your loved one.
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.
  • Residents have been asked to limit their movements and may be asked to remain in their rooms.
  • 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.
  • All BaptistCare homes provide for essential care and end of life visitation.

COVID-19 Testing Information

  • 1 resident who lives in the Curzon/Blaxland Wing has tested positive to COVID-19
  • A number of staff members have tested positive. All staff are fully vaccinated.
  • Staff members testing positive within the community, who may have worked while infectious, is impacting our capacity to open parts of the home
  • 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.

Thank you

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

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

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Visitation Update: Macquarie Park - Wednesday 22 December

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