Visitor restrictions for residential aged care facilities (RACFs) are being reinstated under a Public Health Direction to protect our vulnerable elderly residents living in ACT RACFs.
Please find below details of the ACT visitor restrictions for RACF which will come into effect from tomorrow, 22 December 2021.
• Up to 5 visitors are allowed to visit a resident at any one time.
• There is a limit of up to 5 visitors per resident per day.
• There is no daily limit on the number of visitors for end-of-life care visits.
• People who are providing a service to the resident including a health service or professional or other service are not included as part of the visitor limitations.
• Prospective residents can visit an aged care facility with up to four people accompanying them.
• All visitors aged 12 years and over must wear a mask while visiting indoors and follow COVID-Safe behaviours. Visitors should wear a surgical mask.
Facilities can continue to determine their own policies of entry into their facilities, the requirements under the Public Health Direction must be adhered to as a minimum.
Entry to RACFs:
• Screening prior to entry should continue, using the entry screening questions listed on the ‘Advice for high-risk settings’ webpage. Please refer to this webpage for the latest entry screening questions.
• Visitors must not enter an RACF at all if they say ‘yes’ to any of the entry screening questions included on this webpage.
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