The Australian Government has a strategy to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to everyone living in Australia as soon as they are available. A staged rollout of the vaccine is expected to commence in February 2021. SAV will forward a consent forms out to families on Monday 1 February. This form is for response by the Enduring Power of Attorney.
Doses of this vaccine will be available through 30 to 50 hubs at specific hospital sites across urban and rural Australia. Approval of the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is anticipated for the coming months. Both vaccines will progressively be distributed through an expanded number of sites, including general practice clinics, existing Commonwealth GP respiratory clinics, state-run vaccination clinics and pharmacies. The vaccine rollout roadmap has determined the phases of vaccination for priority groups.
We remain on alert for visitation from Commission Assessors. We have been notified of a three month window of visitation in 2021 – no notice of actual visitation dates but the visit could occur up to May 3rd 2021. The visit may also be dependent on the control of NSW COVID19 outbreaks. We have increased auditing schedules against the Standards to ensure all outstanding concerns have been documented onto our CQI plan and a plan of action accompanies the concern.
The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) will be introduced in 2021. The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) will help reduce abuse and neglect in Australian Government-subsidised residential aged care. The scheme will build providers’ skills so they can better manage and respond to serious incidents and better support care recipients.
SIRS will help aged care service providers:
- reduce the risk of abuse and neglect in aged care
- respond to and manage serious incidents that occur in residential aged care
- support care recipients affected by a serious incident.
Staff will be issued with new uniforms next Monday the 1st February. Uniforms will be colour coded and will assist residents with identifying which area the staff work in.
Changes are being made to the activity program to ensure the focus is on a more meaningful outcome for residents. Staff will be allocated to one area and will remain in that area to work toward a more cohesive relationship and understanding between staff and residents.