Covid-19 Update 22 Apr



Te Hopai: Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updated guidelines and advice #9

We have now had time to get more information about the implications of moving to alert level 3 and to think about our response to the change in alert level next week. In real terms, the changes will not affect how we are managing Te Hopai during the level 3 period. Our doors will need to stay closed to external parties, including (I am sorry to tell you) family and friends of the residents under our care (except in very exceptional circumstances e.g. if someone is very unwell or dying). Whilst level 3 does allow people to slightly extend their ‘bubble’. It is our view that ‘opening our doors’ would be beyond the intent of the change. We are looking forward to one change which is to welcome back to our ‘bubble’ residents who have been isolating at home with their families during the level 4 lockdown. We are looking forward to seeing them here again.

In making this decision we have been cognisant of the Prime Minister’s 5 principles for the Covid-19 plan for level 3 which is to:

  1. Stay home. If you are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials, then you must be at home, the same as at Level 4.
  2. Work and learn from home if you can. We still want the vast majority of people working from home, and children and young people learning from home. At-risk students and staff should also stay at home, and they will be supported to do so. Early learning centres and schools will physically be open for up to Year 10 for families that need them.
  3. Make your business COVID-19 safe. Covid-19 has spread in workplaces, so the quid pro quo of being able to open is doing it in a way that doesn’t spread the virus. Important industries like construction, manufacturing and forestry will be able to open, as will retail so long as it is contactless retail.
  4. Stay regional. You can exercise at parks or beaches within your region, but the closer to home the better. Activities must be safe – keep 2 metres away from anybody not in your bubble. Make minimal trips.
  5. Keep your bubble as small as possible. If you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers
  6. Wash your hands often with soap. Then dry them. Cough into your elbow.

This is not to say that things will not be changing a little at Te Hopai. Along with the enhanced recreation programme which has seen extra resources pumped in to increase resident engagement (more staff and increased weekend activity), we are planning to resume van trips next week to get residents out of the facility in a safe manner. The aim of the trips is to give residents a change of scene without putting them in any danger, the van trip will be a sightseeing tour and will not be stopping for coffee/walking as we usually would.
As always, we hope that you will continue to support us as we wend our way through the virus restrictions. As soon as it is safe to do so, we are very much looking forward to having you back with us within the facility and with your loved ones.

Pakize Sari
General Manager