Covid-19 Update 28 Apr



Te Hopai: Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updated guidelines and advice #10

NZ has done it!

Together with the rest of our wonderful country, we have navigated the Level 4 lockdown and have kept the virus out of our facility. We are extremely grateful to all of you for understanding the need to keep you and your loved ones separate at this difficult time. We really could not have managed navigating the lockdown without the fantastic cooperation you have all shown.

In real terms, as we noted to you in our last missive, Level 3 does not relax the need for separation. The advice of the Ministry of Health to aged-care is that we still work as if we are in Level 4 so, unfortunately, this means that we are still not 'opening our doors' to visitors into the facility (except in extenuating circumstances).

We have however, decided that it is now safe to allow families to bring in items (goods and food) for their family members. If you would like to do this, please would you bring whatever you want to bring between 10am-4pm so that there is someone available to take the items from you. You can drop items off at either of the Reception areas (Hospital Road and Owen Street) and our administration staff will make sure they arrive safely at their destination. I am sorry to advise that we have not adjusted our decision re: residents washing. We still plan to do this in-house while the level 3 restrictions are in place.

As we also told you in our last missive, we will be re-instituting van trips starting today (and what a lovely day to do it). Our first group will head out today and we are planning at least twice daily trips (more depending on staff availability). I think our residents will enjoy the change of scene. Other than this, the enhanced recreation programme will continue to the same extent as the Level 4 programme.
We are all looking forward to the hoped-for change to Level 2 in a couple of weeks (though I guess we do need our country to 'behave' to get there). When the time comes, again we will be guided by the Ministry of Health about how we respond to any changes. As we have previously noted, we are very much looking forward to having you back with us within the facility and with your loved ones as soon as it is safe to do so.

Thanks again for your continued support.

Pakize Sari
General Manager