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RE: Update from The Alexander Pandemic Preparedness Committee


Dear Residents, Staff, Families & Friends of The Alexander Aged Care Centre,

We have attached a consent form to this communication regarding testing for COVID19 by Aspen Medical for residents and staff members.  Should you wish to participate, please return the consent form as soon as possible but no later than Monday 31 August 2020.  This is a free service.

This week we were visited by two members of the ADF (Australian Defence Force) to review our preparedness should we experience a COVID19 outbreak. We are pleased to report that they were extremely complimentary of the systems we have put into place.  They stated that it was one of the best outbreak management plans they had seen in all their visits to aged care homes and they wish all homes were as proactive as The Alexander.  They were impressed with our screening process, the wearing of PPE by all staff, our PPE stockpile, staff knowledge, waste management systems and activation plan if required.

We once again remind you to look after your mental health during this most stressful period. https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/

This is a difficult and uncertain time for all, so support is vital and is available.  For more information on managing stress and support options, please contact the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Services on 1800 512 348.  Information on reducing your risk of contracting COVID19 is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and has been translated into 49 different languages.

Please remember to contact reception for Zoom meetings which are available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm.

On a sad note, we farewell our Facility Manager, Karen Wellard this week. Karen has decided to seek a new career path within the industry. Karen has been integral to the success of The Alexander and we are very appreciative of all the hard work and effort Karen has contributed to The Alexander over the past 18 years.  She will be missed.  We bid Karen farewell and wish her continued success in all her future endeavours.  Please direct any communication for Karen to either Jim Saisanas or Vicki Liaskos until further notice.

Please stay safe and we will issue a further update next week.

Yours sincerely,

The Alexander Aged Care Centre
Pandemic Preparedness Committee