Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

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A Canberra chief executive of elderly care claims the sector is not receiving adequate support as nursing homes across ACT are struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks. Canberra Aged Care Lyneham CEO Clayton Hutchinson said he had not received enough help from the ACT government, where three of his staff isolated themselves after testing positive for COVID. ACT Health declares an outbreak if a resident, employee with frequent attendance at a nursing home, tests positive. Sir. Hutchinson said all residents of the home had been put on a 14-day block following instructions from ACT Health. He said some of the residents were close contacts but none had tested positive. Sir. Hutchinson said that although the support from the community had been “fantastic”, the industry did not feel that the ACT government was responding to the needs of the sector. “I and most people in the industry do not feel supported [by the government]”he said. Mr Hutchinson said the older ACTcare home had to make extensive PPE available to staff after an exposure. Masks and dresses had to be replaced every time an employee interacted with a resident, leading to rising costs. Mr Hutchinson said while receiving about 395 masks from ACT Health, he would use about 1000 masks for staff in just one and a half days. He said the number of masks cost around $ 4000. READ MORE: “The stock submission process is long – confused and frustrating, “said Mr Hutchinson.” I just want to be able to call someone if I desperately need supplies … something like that would be perfect. I do not need anyone to come in and do a risk assessment of my residents. “Data from the Department of Health data suggest 26 aged care centers in the ACT, only two have received rapid antigen tests from the Commonwealth until December 21, 2021. Mr. Hutchinson said ACT Health required the home to isolate residents to their rooms, but he had refused. He said nursing homes across Canberra isolated patients. “I would never lock anyone inside the room,” he said. that political expectations of nursing homes could be unrealistic due to the vulnerability of many residents. “I run a nursing home specifically for people with dementia, and the expectation that they should take regular tests up their noses or [to wear] masks can be extremely disturbing, “he said.” These are people with very high needs and cognitive impairments. “OTHER COVID NEWS: Industry bodies say rules across states and territories are inconsistent, and have called for a national plan. Council on the Aging Australia’s Executive Director Ian Yates said providers needed “one consistent national approach”. ACT Health said it was working with other states, territories and the federal government to update national guidelines on outbreaks of geriatric care. “ACT Health continues to work with other jurisdictions and the Commonwealth to review and adapt the response to COVID-19 in geriatric care centers, including providing input for updates to national guidelines, “a spokesman said. Our coverage of health and safety ashes The effects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT are free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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